The Spirit of
Schubert

23-31 March 2012

A Viennese Scrapbook, accompanying
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Schubert’s Death Mask

Schubert’s Death Mask

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31 March 2012

Schubert’s Last Letter to Schober

Dear Schober,

I am ill. I have eaten nothing for eleven days and drunk nothing, and I totter feebly and shakily from my chair to bed and back again. Rinna is treating me. If ever I take anything, I bring it up again.

Be so kind, then, as to assist me in this desperate situation by means of literature. Of Cooper’s I have read The Last of the Mohicans, The Spy, The Pilot and The Pioneers. If by any chance you have anything else of his, I implore you to deposit it with Frau von Bogner at the coffee-house for me. My brother, who is conscientiousness itself, will most faithfully pass it on to me. Or anything else.

Your friend,

Schubert
 

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31 March 2012

Bogner’s Kaffeehaus

Bogner’s was Schubert and his friends’ favourite haunt. They started 1828 at the coffee house, drinking, smoking and eating until early on New Year’s Day. The letters and reminiscences of Schubert’s friends are littered with references to Frau and Herr Bogner and it was to Frau Bogner that Schober was asked to send copies of Fennimore Cooper novels towards the end of Schubert’s life. 

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31 March 2012
Grünangergasse in Vienna’s 1st District. This is the site of the Gasthaus ‘Zum Anker’ where Schubert and his friends would often go drinking. 

Grünangergasse in Vienna’s 1st District. This is the site of the Gasthaus ‘Zum Anker’ where Schubert and his friends would often go drinking. 

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31 March 2012

Summer 1828

Schubert hoped to go on holiday during the summer of 1828, either to Graz with friends or to Gmunden on the Traunsee. While it’s only speculation, it’s likely that Schubert’s health prevented him from travelling. He nevertheless kept busy, writing further liturgical works. But by August, he was distinctly unwell and he consulted the the court physician, Dr Ernst Rinna. Although he had Schubert’s best intentions at heart, his idea that Schubert should move out of the centre of town to suburb of Wieden (now part of the city itself), where his brother Ferdinand lived, proved fatal. Although the area itself was more spacious and conducive to recovering, his brothers apartment was cold and damp and merely exacerbated Schubert’s condition.

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31 March 2012
The Shepherd on the Rock

The Shepherd on the Rock

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31 March 2012
Faded Biedermeier in Vienna

Faded Biedermeier in Vienna

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31 March 2012
Schubert, Franz Lachner, Schwind and Bauernfeld serenading ‘the Future Occupants of an Unfinished House’ - from a picture by Moritz von Schwind

Schubert, Franz Lachner, Schwind and Bauernfeld serenading ‘the Future Occupants of an Unfinished House’ - from a picture by Moritz von Schwind

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31 March 2012

The Schubert Lab - Episode 7: Part 2

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31 March 2012

The Schubert Lab - Episode 7: Part 1

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31 March 2012

I remain
Your faithful friend
until death.

– Franz Schubert (to Anselm Hüttenbrenner)

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31 March 2012