Cook’s Tours

Thursday 24 August @ 6.15PM FREE

Schubert’s Last Year

In the last thirteen months of his life Schubert wrote some of his greatest music. After his Song Cycle Winterreise, probably completed in October 1827, he composed a last Mass, three piano sonatas, a third song cycle Schwanengesang and the sublime string quintet before his death on the 19th November 1828. Was it a sense of his own mortality that produced this outpouring of music or a restless musical mind in searching of ways of handling musical form?