In Search of Schubert

Dr Gareth Curtis

Franz Schubert’s career was short and, at the time, completely overshadowed by that of Beethoven. So much is well established – indeed, apart from some of his songs, very little of his music entered the public domain until some time after his death in 1828.

Nowadays, of course, we tend to view Beethoven as the hero-artist whose greatest masterpieces were designed to address the public at large. But how then should we approach Schubert, most of whose output was written for small groups of friends and acquaintances? How did this affect the sort of composer he became? How did it influence the types of music he wrote (e.g. the emphasis on song), and the style he cultivated? What was he trying to achieve, and what did he expect of his listeners? In short, how should we ‘read’ him – not by comparison with someone like Beethoven, but as an artist on his own terms? This course will explore these and other topics in relation to music from all stages in Schubert’s career.

Recommended reading:
Brown, Maurice (1967). Schubert Songs. British Broadcasting Corporation.
Reed, John (1985). The Schubert Song Companion. Manchester University Press.
Newbould, Brian (1992). Schubert and the Symphony. Toccata Press.
McKay, Elizabeth Norman (1996). Franz Schubert: A Biography. Oxford University Press.
Gibbs, Christopher H., ed. (1997). The Cambridge Companion to Schubert. Cambridge University Press.
Newbould, Brian (1999). Schubert: The Music and the Man. University of California Press.
Gibbs, Christopher H. (2000). The Life of Schubert. Cambridge University Press.

Day: Mondays                        Time: 2 – 4pm
10 weeks, 7 October to 9 December 2019

Brook Road Methodist Church
Davyhulme, Urmston M41 5RQ

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£90 n/a 10 30

Bookings must be received by 23rd September.

Please send your MANCENT booking form with accompanying payment to the address below. If you prefer to pay through BACS, please contact the lecturer for further particulars.
Contact details: Dr Gareth Curtis
25 Westbourne Park, Urmston, Manchester M41 0XR
E-mail:  Phone: 0161 747 8687

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