Michael Wersin: Schubert hören – Eine Anleitung. ISBN 978-3-15-010872-7 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Long ago Schubert has become my personal tragic hero of German Romanticism and recent visit to Vienna compelled me in some way or other to create a link with one of my top five favourite composers. On the plane I listened to a few lovely works from Schubert and Vienna I stumbled over one of those books I had been looking out for some time: a listening guide to Schubert.
The music teacher and singer Michael Wersin has written such a book and he draws from Schubert’s many works – chamber music, symphonies, songs and church music – to identify the most important hallmarks of Schubert’s musical language and to isolate elements in his biography and the life in Vienna that may explain some of the peculiarities of his music. The influence of his teacher Salieri, his Viennese ancestor Mozart and his paragon Beethoven, the oppressive regime of Emperor Franz II. are some of the elements explored in this context. A highly interesting book, best read in connection with the music examples that Wersin singles out.
A little, melancholic piece that I would single out in this context is Schubert’s Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D. 958: