Schubertiade II

Moritz von Schwind (1804–1871). Schubert Evening with Joseph von Spaun, 1868. Art Resource, NY

Schubertiades

Schubertiade II

Providing a vivid picture of Schubert’s musical life between March and April of 1816, Schubertiade II presents the turbulent, robust sophistication of Schubert’s Second and Third Violin Sonatinas, written within one month of each other, and the four extraordinary songs he composed between them. After intermission, Wu Han will perform one of her signature solo works, the Piano Sonata in A Major, preceded by Schubert’s song Im Frühling, whose bucolic melody foreshadows the serene beauty of the piano sonata’s finale.

Schubertiades, which originated during Schubert’s life, were social gatherings in private residences that included readings, dancing, dining, and the music of Schubert. They were often hosted by the members of the “Schubert circle,” his close friends and admirers, who simply could not get enough of Schubert’s music and were eager to hear his latest magical creations. Schubert biographer and Music@Menlo Encounter Leader Christopher H. Gibbs has described Schubertiades as “…certainly events, but also, perhaps, a state of mind.” Music@Menlo’s Schubertiades—immersions in the composer’s art—revive the concert tradition that entranced Schubert’s most loyal audiences.

In the social tradition of the original Schubertiades, enjoy an intermission reception with the musicians.

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PROGRAM

FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Sonatina in a minor for Violin and Piano, op. posth. 137, no. 2, D. 385 (1816)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Auf den Tod einer Nachtigall, D. 399 (1816)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Abschied von der Harfe, D. 406 (1816)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Frühlingslied D. 398 (1816)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Die Knabenzeit, D. 400 (1816)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Sonatina in g minor for Violin and Piano, op. posth. 137, no. 3, D. 408 (1816)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Im Frühling, D. 882 (1826)
FRANZ SCHUBERT(1797–1828)
Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959 (1828)