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Schubert Institute

The Schubertian

Editor:  Professor Stephen Matthews MA (Cantab.) Ph.D

The Schubertian (ISSN 1740 7117) is the Journal of the Schubert Institute (UK). It is published quarterly with a cover price of £2.50 (free to SIUK members).

The July 2017 issue, no 95, contained reports on the AGM held in London on June 24 which was followed by a recital by Hannah Watson who played Janacek's "Overgrown Path" and Schubert's final sonata D960, the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade in June, and a Schubert day given in Derby on April 22 by Richard Morris and Paul Reid entitled "Not your father's Winterreise". Stephen Matthews reviewed Lorraine Byrne Bodley's "Rethinking Schubert" which is based on a conference held at Maynooth University in 2011. Frances Wilson commenced her series "An Autumn Sonata" - a personal journey through Schubert's penultimate sonata D959.

The October 2017 issue, no 96, contained reports on Schubertiaden at the East Neuk Music festival in June and in Adelaide in July. Janet Wasserman reviewed "Life Unfinished" by Martin White and Stephen Matthews reviewed "Späte Klaviermusik" by Renate Wieland and Jürgen Uhde. Frances Wilson continued her series on D959 and Bob Cotter (our new membership secretary) discussed the significance of crows in Winterreise. There are notes on future events of interest to Schubert lovers.

The January 2018 issue, no 97, contains the third part of Frances Wilson's series "An Autumn Sonata" on Schubert's piano sonata in A, D959 and the first part of an essay by Stan Freed on Schubert's incomplete symphony in E major, D729. There is a report on the Schubert Day at the University of Leeds on November 17 - 18 and a review of Roderick Williams "Schubertian Journey" as recorded in his blog at

The April 2018 issue, no 98, concludes Frances Wilson's article on piano sonata D959 and continues Stan Freed's exploration of the 7th Symphony. There is a light hearted suggestion concerning songs Schubert might have written but did not and, also in a lighter vein, a review of the Erlkings recording of Die Schone Mullerin.

The July 2018 issue, no.99, contains an account of the AGM held at St Olave's Church, Hart Street, London on June 2.. The retiring chairman, Crawford Howie, gave his final report and welcomed the new Chairman, Dr Clive Mc Clelland. Frances Wilson reviewed Marc-Andre Hamelin's recording of the B flat sonata D960 and The Impromptus D935, and Stan Freed continued his exploration of Symphony No 7.

The October 2018 issue, no.100, included an introduction by the new chairman, Dr Clive McClelland and reports on "Ganz Franz" from Canterbury and the prelude to this autumn's Oxford Lieder. Articles included Brian Newbould's orchestral suite based on Die Zauberharfe, some thoughts on Der Wanderer an den Mond by Jan Dearp, "Why winter came for women" by Madison Schindele with a commentary by Janet Wasserman and the 4th installment of Stan Freed's "Whatever happened to Symphony No. 7?"

The January 2019 issue, no 101, contains reports on the 2018 Schubertiaden at Schwarzenberg and Hohenems and the Norwich Schubert Day on Oct 20. Stan Freed continues his exploration of Symphoney No 7 and Frances Wilson discusses the "Wanderer" and "Grazer" Fantasies. There is adetailed account of Opera de Bauge's proposed performance of "Alfonso and Estrella" later in 2019. Details are given of hte Leamington Music Festival from May 3-7 which includes a lot of Schubert's music. The 2019 AGM will be held at the Guildhall School of Music on June 1.

The April 2019 issue, no 102, concludes Stan Freed's article on Symphont No 7.There is a discussion of the role of bells in Schubert's Wiegenlied D498 and Das Zugenglochlei D871by Nigel Nettheim and the possible connection between the eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia in April 1815, the subsequent "cold summer" of 1816 and Schubert's In Abendrot D799 by Stephen Matthews. A new book "Drama in the Music of Franz Schubert is reviewed by John Uff. Roderick Williams record of Winter Journey, an English translation of Winterreise, which the singer is currently performing at schools around the country, is revieweed by Alan Matthews.

The July 2019 issue, no 103, includes reports on the Leeds Lieder Festival 25-28 April, the Leamington Music festival 3-10 May, the London Schubert Day June 1, the production of Die Zwillingsbruder at Cambridge June 15 and Schubertiaden at Durnstein and Weimar. Stan Freed's series on Symphony No 7 concluded with the notes written inj 1883 by Sir Charles Grove and Nigel Nettheim provided another quarterly song, Fischerweise.

The October 2019 issue, no104, contains reports on the 2019 Schubertiaden at Scwarzenberg, the quarterly song was "Trost" by Paul Reid, Thierry Morice wrote part one of a long article on "Schubert and the Unfinished", and John Eekelaar discussed "Schubert and Transience".

The Editor is always interested to receive possible contributions, news, letters or comments from readers. Deadline for copy for the January 2019 issue, no. 101, is December  1. E-mail contributions to Stephen Matthews, Editor The Schubertian at Please send unformatted text, .doc or .odt files in Times New  Roman with illustrations or scores as separate .jpeg files.