Another tribute to Schubert brings the enigmatic composer to the forefront.
Little is known about the private life of Franz Schubert, although information about his public persona is abundant. He was born in Austria on Jan. 31, 1797 and studied composition with imperial kapellmeister (conductor) and composer Antonio Salieri. When Schubert died in 1828 at the tender age of 31, he left behind a treasure trove: nearly 1,500 works spanning multiple genres. Beethoven, who wasn’t easily impressed, thought Schubert had the divine spark.
Nearly 200 years later, the best way to know Schubert is through his music. Around the world, audiences still celebrate the composer with Schubertiades, named after the events in Viennese homes where Schubert and his friends gathered to perform and hear his latest compositions.
In Madison, the tradition has been taken up by pianists Martha Fischer, a professor at the UW School of Music, and her husband, Bill Lutes, the school’s emeritus artist-in-residence. Fischer and Lutes will host the city’s third annual Schubertiade on Saturday, Jan. 30, at UW-Madison’s Mills Concert Hall at 8 p.m. The concert, underwritten by donor Ann Boyer, will feature Schubertian naturescapes on the themes of water, winds and woodlands.