The King of Melody

Feb 20, 2012

In 1947, composer Enrst Krenek dismissed Franz Schubert (1797-1828) as “lucky,” and his work as “pleasing tunes…lacking the dramatic power and searching intelligence which distinguished such ‘real’ masters as Bach or Beethoven.”

Urged by a fellow composer to actually study Schubert’s songs, Krenek eventually did an about-face and declared that Schubert “exhibited a great wealth of technical finesses,” and felt he was “far from satisfied with pouring his charming ideas into conventional molds; on the contrary, he was a thinking artist with a keen appetite for experimentation.”

You can judge for yourself this weekend at Pasadena Pro Musica‘s first “Schubertaide,” founded by music director Stephen Grimm and cellist Christina Soule. It is a festival to honor the man who was one of the first Romantics and has been dubbed the King of Melody. Even though he died at the young age of thirty-one, Schubert wrote almost a 1,000 works, over 600 of which were songs (he is known for bringing the art song, liede, to artistic maturity). He created seven complete symphonies, twenty-one sonatas, and nearly thirty chamber works.

The schedule includes a variety of Schubert’s works, such as Auf dem Strom (for tenor, horn, and piano), Gesang der Geister uber den Wassern (for male chorus and strings), and Mass No. 6 (for soloists, chorus, and orchestra).

The festival runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church and St. Philip the Apostle Church. Advance tickets are $15 per concert, or a three-day pass is available for $40. Each concert is $20 if tickets are purchased at the door.

First Annual Pasadena Schubertiade
Fri.-Sat., February 24-25, Neighborhood U.U. Church at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 26, St. Philip the Apostle Church at 7 p.m.For complete schedule and list of artists, visit




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