The com­poser

BBC Music Magazine - - Building A Library -

Schu­bert was in fairly good spir­its at the start of 1824, which he wel­comed in by break­ing a win­dow at a New Year’s party – an omen, per­haps, for 12 months that would leave his spirit sim­i­larly shat­tered. The pre­vi­ous year had him di­ag­nosed with syphilis, whose ef­fects now be­gan to take their toll, while his state of mind was prob­a­bly not helped by a pas­sion for his pupil Caro­line Ester­házy that ev­i­dently went un­re­quited. Aside from the Death and the Maiden quar­tet, other ma­jor works from this year in­clude his F ma­jor Octet and the ‘Rosamunde’ String Quar­tet.

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