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Schubert’s Enablers

Schubertiade, by Julius Schmid

Schubertiade, by Julius Schmid

Schubertiade on Tuesday at 5:45 PM

At times, Franz Schubert was a couch surfer; he constantly ran out of money, and even depended on friends and neighbors for use of a piano. We’ve all known the type: “He’s basically a good guy. He has such incredible talent—if he could just get his life together…”

Today’s psychologists would say that Schubert’s friends enabled him. They looked after him, they shared meals and comradery; Schubert, in turn, shared his priceless gifts. The friends would call one of their gatherings a “Schubertiade”: a lively evening of banter, dance, poetry and Schubert’s latest creations. It was Julius Schmid who decided to record one of these events in the painting to the right. If only paintings had sound.

Tuesday’s Schubertiade features Maire O’Brien, soprano; Larry Combs, clarinet; and Kuang-Hao Huang and Mark Riggleman, piano.

Listen to an Impromptu from January 2013 with soprano Maire O’Brien and pianist Mark Riggleman.

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