Schubert - Sviatoslav Richter - Piano Sonata No 18 in G major, D 894
Type of Spiritual Experience
Even by the early 1820s Schibert was suffering from heavy metal poisning of some sort - lead or mercury. From 1826 to 1828, he resided continuously in Vienna, except for a brief visit to Graz in 1827.
But despite being seriously ill, in 1826, he dedicated a symphony (D. 944, that later came to be known as the Great C major) to the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde and received an honorarium in return and in the spring of 1828, he gave, for the only time in his career, a public concert of his own works, which was very well received.
The compositions themselves are a sufficient biography. The String Quartet No. 14 in D minor (D. 810), with the variations on Death and the Maiden, was written during the winter of 1825–1826, and first played on 25 January 1826. Later in the year came the String Quartet No. 15 in G major, (D 887, first published as op. 161), the Rondo in B minor for violin and piano (D. 895), Rondeau brillant, and the Piano Sonata in G major, (D 894, first published as Fantasie in G, op. 78). To these should be added the three Shakespearian songs, of which "Ständchen" (D. 889) and "An Sylvia" (D. 891) were allegedly written on the same day, the former at a tavern where he broke his afternoon's walk, the latter on his return to his lodging in the evening.
A description of the experience
Piano Sonata No 18 in G major, D 894
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
The source of the experienceSchubert
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
OverloadsHeavy metal poisoning