Violinist Arnold Steinhardt gives practical tips to help ensembles master this powerful work
If you forced me to live on a desert island with the music of only one composer, it would have to be that of Schubert. Mozart could be going through a terrible period in his life but you would never know it from his music, whereas with Schubert, there is always a sense of exploring the universe of inner feeling. Schubert underwent treatment for tertiary syphilis at around the time he started ‘Death and the Maiden’. He must have realised that time was running out and that he would have to put what was in his heart and mind down on paper quickly. Performers must try to grasp the form and content of this giant of a work, but also never forget the melancholy and desperation pervading Schubert’s life…
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