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SCHUBERT SONGS AND CHAMBER MUSIC

on 2ZY Manchester

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Charles Talbot (Baritone)

The Linden Tree
Whither? Op. 25, No. 2 The Self-Haunted One
Litany for All Souls' Day

THE LINDEN TREE is from a song-book entitled The Winter Journey. The poet, in a mood of sadness, muses on an old tree, in whose bark he used to carve words of love.
Whither? is the question which a young miller (in the song-book, The Maid of the Mill) puts to the brooklet which he takes as a guide.
The Self-haunted One ('Ghostly-double' or 'Shadow-double' - 'Doppelganger' does not translate easily) has been voted the greatest of songs, if there can be a greatest song, among the half-dozen supreme songs of the world. A man stands brooding, at night, outside the house where once dwelt his love. He sees another there who wrings his hands. The face of the man is his own! Why, he asks bitterly, does his old self so haunt him and taunt him? A few chords on the Piano and a wandering voice above them - nothing could be simpler.
The Litany ('Rest and peace to souls departed') is just a tune - but a tune in a thousand.

THE EDITH ROBINSON STRING QUARTET:
EDITH ROBINSON (1st Violin); GERTRUDE BARKER (2nd Violin); HILDA LINDSAY (Viola); KATHLEEN MOORHOUSE ('Cello)
Quartet in A Minor
Among Schubert's greatest pleasures, at one period, was the spending some months in summer at the Hungarian estate of his patrons and friends, the Esterhazys.
This Quartet was probably written during such a visit, in 1824. It shows the influence of the folk-tunes that the Composer used to enjoy picking up from servants and peasants in the district. There are four Movements, full of sunny melody.

CHARLES TALBOT
The Erl King Serenade
Who is Sylvia?
The words of The Erl King are by Goethe.
They picture a father on horseback hastening home with his sick child. The ghostly Erl King flies with them unseen and unheard by the father, but both seen and heard by the boy.
The Serenade is, in words, just a Serenade; in music, one of the world's best and best-known tunes.
Of Who is Sylvia? the same may be said, with the addition that the words are a mock-serenade and that they come from Two Gentlemen of Verona.

QUARTET
Quartet in D Minor ('Death and the Maiden')
This, one of Schubert's best works, is in four movements.
The FIRST is long and fully developed.
The SECOND is a set of Variations on one of Schubert's songs, Death and the Maiden, a title that is, therefore, usually given to the whole Quartet.
The THIRD is a playful Scherzo with a lyrical middle section.
The FOURTH is a rollicking affair built chiefly on two tunes, the one dance-like and the other martial.

Contributors

Unknown:
Edith Robinson
Unknown:
Edith Robinson
Violin:
Gertrude Barker
Violin:
Hilda Lindsay
Viola:
Kathleen Moorhouse

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