Schubert’s unique inaction and repetition

The Melodie Hongroise (Hungarian Melody) is a quintessentially Schubertian gem of a work: it is bittersweet, dainty and elegant, yet at the same time almost overwhelmingly haunting and penetrating. Hearing its folkish rhythms, articulation and lyrical qualities, one cannot mistake it for anything other than a work of Schubert. It has the unsaturated simplicity that sets Schubert […]

The gloomy undercurrents of Schubert’s Moments Musicaux

The first three movements of Schubert’s Moments Musicaux are three different “snapshots” of rustic life, in its charm, pride, and wide emotional range. That rustic character is still present in the last three movements, which constitute the second “volume” of the work. However, many differences arise when comparing the first three movements with the last three. The […]