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The King of Melody

Feb 20, 2012

franz schubert c jpg 681x349 crop upscale q95 300x174 The King of Melody  Stephen Grimm St. Philip the Apostle Schubertiade Pro Musica Neighborhood Unitarian Church Franz Schubert  photoIn 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 Josef Abel Franz Schubert3 175x220 The King of Melody  Stephen Grimm St. Philip the Apostle Schubertiade Pro Musica Neighborhood Unitarian Church Franz Schubert  photoSoule. 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 pasadenaschubertiade.org

 




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