Masterclass “Franz Schubert ammiratore di Beethoven”

From June 20th to 23th 2023 the Early Music Seminars of the Giorgio Cini Foundation of Venice presents Frank Schubert ammiratore di Beethoven, seminar by  Andreas Staier and Amandine Beyer. During the seminar, Schubert’s two trios Op. 99 and 100 for fortepiano, violin and cello will be compared with Beethoven’s trios for piano and strings Op. 70 and Op. 97.


Moved by the death of Beethoven and aware of the fragility of his own health, between 1827 and 1828, the young Franz Schubert composed some of his greatest masterpieces, including the song-cycle Schwanengesang, the three late sonatas for fortepiano, the famous string quintet with two cellos, sketches for the tenth symphony, and the two trios op. 99 and 100 for fortepiano, violin and cello. The latter stand at the focus of the seminar that the Fondazione Giorgio Cini wishes to dedicate to the great Viennese composer. The first of these (op. 99, in B flat major) was published posthumously in 1836, while the second (op. 100, in E flat major) was performed in January 1828 and published a month before the composer’s death in November of the same year. Almost a ‘wordless lied’, the slow tempos of those trios have marked the Schubertian canon ever since. The two compositions will be compared to Beethoven’s piano and string trios opus 70 and opus 97.


The seminar addresses two groups of active participants to be selected by means of an international competition: specifically, two trios consisting in a forte-piano player, a cellist, and a violinist. Both will share the performance of a fellow concerta t the end of the seminar.

The call addresses to trios of young professional or semi-professional musicians (fortepiano, violin and cello), specialized in early 19th century repertoire on period instruments.


Applications by 21th April 2023

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