There are a number of articles on Figures of Speech concerning Franz Schubert. This page lists them in order of their publication, earliest first.

Visitors unfamiliar with Schubert can get an accessible overview of his life and thematic lists of the articles about him on this website here: Beginning Schubert.

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Websites, mainly Schubert related

Here is a list of links to other websites having a Schubert theme. The list is in alphabetical order of the website name.

We would like to develop this list interactively, which is an affected way of saying that those who want one or more websites listed here should email us. Submit your own short description, or leave it to us to make something up.

  • Winterreise A modern and visually interesting site covering all things Winterreise, with a strong musical basis (discography etc.).
  • Die schöne Müllerin Another modern and visually interesting website from the same stable as Winterreise, specialising in the song cycle Die schöne Müllerin.
  • Schwanengesang Yet another modern and visually interesting website from the same stable as Winterreise, specialising in the collection of songs posthumously marketed under the label Schwanengesang.
  • The LiederNet Archive. A long-established and very extensive documentation of (currently) over 150,000 Lieder, among which the Schubert Lieder are, of course, well represented.
  • Michael Lorenz. Some Schubert, but many other pieces on other musicological topics. The website has come to a standstill since Dr Lorenz somewhat tardily realised that his work on his blog would always remain unpaid.
  • The Schubert Institute (UK). The website is dated, out-of-date and poorly maintained; the archive of The Schubertian, the journal of the Institute, is simply left blank.
  • Schubertlied. An extremely ambitious attempt to document and perform the Schubert Lieder.

Friedrich Lieder's Schubert portrait (1827)

Some background information about the image we use as the thumbnail for our Schubert articles. We believe that this is the most realistic image of the composer.

Friedrich Lieder's 1827 sketch of Schubert

Schubert's head and shoulder portrait, drawn on paper (17x13  cm) was acquired in 1900 for the collection of Prince Liechtenstein. Nothing is known of the provenance of the picture before that. Some time before 1956 it turned up in the Sankt Lukas gallery in Vienna, owned at the time by Robert Herzig. Today the portrait is in private hands in the south of France.

How Lieder's Schubert portrait came into being is unknown. It does not seem to have been created as a preliminary for a lithograph, but rather to have been intended as a sketch for the portrait (formerly ascribed to Teltscher) that was once in Zseliz and which is now was in the possession of Franz Albrecht Metternich-Sändor [1920-2009]. This portrait – in coloured pencil, wash and with red emphasis (20 x 16 cm) – is of the highest artistic quality. Although not signed, it was probably coloured by Lieder himself. Based on the date of the preliminary sketch this portrait must also date from around 1827.

Friedrich Lieder's 1827 portrait of Schubert (Esterhazy)

Schuberts Brustbild, auf Papier mit den Maßen 17x13 cm gezeichnet, wurde um 1900 für die Sammlung des Fürsten Liechtenstein erworben. Uber die frühere Provenienz dieses Bildes ist nichts bekannt. Vor 1956 kam es in die Galerie Sankt Lukas in Wien, deren Besitzer damals Robert Herzig war. Heute befindet sich das Porträt in Privatbesitz in Süd-Frankreich.

Wie Lieders Schubert-Porträt zustandekam, ist ungewiß. Anscheinend war es nicht als Vorlage für eine Lithographie bestimmt. Es entstand eher als Vorzeichung für das (ehemals „Teltscher?“ zugeschriebene) Porträt, das einst in Zseliz war und sich jetzt im Besitz von Franz Albrecht Metternich-Sändor befindet (siehe Abb. 2).16 Dieses Porträt - eine Farbstiftzeichnung, gewischt und rot gehöht (mit den Maßen 20 x 16 cm) - ist von höchster künstlerischer Qualität. Obwohl nicht signiert, wurde es wahrscheinlich von Lieder selbst farbig gemalt. Folgt man dem Datum auf der Vorzeichnung, so ist für dieses vollendete Porträt als Entstehungsjahr gleichfalls 1827 anzusetzen.

Steblin, Rita. 'Friedrich Lieders Schubert-Porträt von 1827' in Schubert durch die Brille vol 12, 1994, p. 93-99, p. 93/4.

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