SHMF dedicates the composer retrospective to Franz Schubert

We dedicate our composer retrospective in the coming festival summer to Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828), one of the most important representatives of early Romanticism. With song cycles such as "Die Winterreise" or "Die schöne Müllerin", the Austrian composer influenced the genre of German song like no other and established it as an art form that is still celebrated worldwide today.  

Schubert's oeuvre also includes numerous visionary piano and chamber music works, including the String Quintet in C major, D. 956, a major work of chamber music literature, and symphonic works as great as the "Unfinished" or the "Great C Major Symphony". Leading soloists, ensembles and orchestras will interpret the songs, sonatas and symphonies in the coming festival summer.

Despite its demanding tonal language, Schubert's music never seems incomprehensible or elitist, finding its way directly to the hearts of the audience. In this way Franz Schubert builds a bridge between the classical symphonic tradition and the folk-musical roots of his home city Vienna. The SHMF will illuminate this multi-faceted composer from very different angles and also trace what shaped and inspired him.

"What do the Schleswig-Holstein cities of Bramstedt, Lübeck or Reinfeld have to do with Franz Schubert? They are the birthplaces of the lyricists of some of the composer's most famous songs. 'Auf dem Wasser zu singen' by Friedrich Leopold Grafen zu Stolberg, 'Der Tod und das Mädchen' by Matthias Claudius: these magnificent songs are an integral part of the world's concert stages. However, if you go in search of direct biographical references to Schubert in Northern Germany, you will not find anything. His life was too short, his sphere of activity too far away. We feel the need to trace this mysterious, tragic, musically brilliant artistic personality," says Festival Director Dr. Christian Kuhnt.