Exploring Schubert’s Musical Legacy in Salzburg

Exploring Schubert’s Musical Legacy in Salzburg   Today’s blog post will explore the fascinating connections between Schubert and Salzburg. Let’s delve into the world of this renowned composer and discover the interesting ties he had with the city.  

A Brief Prelude: Who was Franz Schubert?   Franz Peter Schubert, born in 1797, was an Austrian composer who left an indelible mark on the world of classical music. His compositions are characterised by their lyrical beauty, emotional depth, and unforgettable melodies. Though his life was tragically short, Schubert managed to compose over 600 songs (lieder), nine symphonies, numerous chamber works, and other pieces that continue to be celebrated and cherished to this day.  

Salzburg’s Melodic Connection to Schubert   Imagine this: we’re strolling along the charming cobblestone streets of Salzburg, and in the distance, we hear the sweet sound of a violin delicately practising. As we explore the city, we feel its strong musical spirit, which echoes the passion for music that Schubert himself possessed. While the composer himself was not born in Salzburg, he had significant connections to this cultural hub, which makes it a meaningful destination for every music aficionado.   One of the most notable connections is Schubert’s friendship with the renowned Austrian composer and conductor, Anton Diabelli. Diabelli was not only a respected composer but also a publisher, and it was through this association that Schubert’s music reached the ears of many music lovers in Salzburg and beyond.  

Unveiling Schubert’s Melodies: Get ready to be transported by the magic of Schubert’s music and the alluring charm of Salzburg’s cultural treasures. Let’s set off on this harmonious journey together!

In memory of my good friend Gary Waller who sadly passed on July 21st 2017. We met through my blog and I have many happy memories of working with him and the Gustav Mahler Society.

34 thoughts on “Exploring Schubert’s Musical Legacy in Salzburg

  1. Excellent post, Charlotte. Schubert was prolific. Wonderful tribute to Gary Waller.

    1. Thank you Timothy, Schubert certainly was. Gary was a lovely man, we met through my blog and he came to watch my recitals and scenes at the Royal College of Music whenever he could. It was a terrible shock when he passed at just 72 years young.
      Best wishes

    1. Beautifully sung, Charlotte. You are truly in your musical element singing these songs — bravo!

      1. Thank you Michael, I’ve always enjoyed singing German lied as you know.
        Best wishes

    2. Thank you Annette we recorded it in the first lockdown. Gary persuaded me to add Gustav Mahler songs to my repertoire, he had a great love of life and song.
      Best wishes

    1. Thank you Shehanne, we recorded it in lockdown before we got married.
      Best wishes

    1. Thank you John, I’ve been taking group singing lessons since I was six and one to one classical lessons from the age of eleven. It has taken a lot of time and effort. I’m glad you enjoyed it, I’m hoping to share more soon and improve my YouTube.
      Best wishes

  2. Most enjoyable. The biographical notes were informative; your singing beautiful; and it was good to watch George’s expressions. Jackie remembered the songs from her schooldays in London.

    1. Thank you Derrick, I’m happy that you enjoyed our performance, I love to watch George play, he really does practice for hours and hours every day.
      Best wishes

    1. Gary was a lovely man Don, he was the chairman of the Gustav Mahler society and loved Schubert, An Silvia being his favourite, he came across my blog browsing the internet, a real chance meeting. He was very supportive and used to come along from Essex to watch me perform whenever he could.
      I was honoured to be asked to sing at his funeral.
      Best wishes

  3. Wonderful, Charlotte! We loved Salzburg when we visited there and I’m glad you are getting to experience its rich musical history! My condolences on the death of your friend.

    1. I can’t wait to visit. Did you write a blog post about Salzburg Noelle? Over the years I’ve made some amazing blog friends including yourself.
      Best wishes

    1. Thank you Jovina, I’ve a walking tour planned so I’ll let you know how I get on.
      Best wishes

    1. You are correct that is where my Dad knew the song from; when Sherlock is on the hook. Thank you for the lovely compliments I shall pass them on to my husband George.
      Blessed to know you too Alan,

      1. Thank you Alan. I’m enjoying my break in Salzburg with my parents.
        Best wishes

  4. Charlotte, that was nothing short of fantastic!
    I hope Gary Waller can hear this, where ever he rests. Such a moving tribute.
    You never cease to amaze me. Love the piano!

    Resa ❦❦❦

    So, I forgot to thank you for the link to operas with Coloratura Sopranos.
    I became smitten with the idea of naming the gown “Nightengale”.
    Have you ever sang any of the arias from this short opera? Not that it matters.

    So, I’ll leave you with this thought, and the email I sent!

    1. Thank you Resa 😊 so glad you enjoyed it. I hope so too, I can’t sing An Silvia without thinking of Gary so he’s left a lasting legacy of his love for that piece. It’s great to perform with George.

      Nightengale sounds perfect 🤩 👍🏻 I haven’t sung it but it sounds beautiful, I’ve just had a listen. I keep getting drawn back to Stravinsky, if you know what I mean. I will check out my e-mails, I’ve been on a short break in Saltzburg and am only just back. It was the most amazing experience, learning more about Mozart combined with a mountain break to recharge my batteries.
      Best wishes always,
      Charlotte ♥️

      1. No worries or hurries about anything. It’s wonderful that you recharged your batteries!
        We all need to do that.

        I’m thrilled you like the name “Nightengale”.
        I listened too, and it’s wonderful.

        Your entire Austrian experience sounds enriching, and will only make you a better Soprano!

        Take it easy! You’ve got a busy life of singing and touring ahead of you.

        I would actually love to hear you sing “Nightengale” …. one day!
        Although Stravinsky is hard to compete with…or let go of.
        The world of classical music is rich.

        Cheers to you (and George)!

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