Sir Andreas Schiff on Schubert’s “Der Doppelganger”

There is an excellent programme on youtube by Sir Andreas Schiff on Franz Schubert. In particular he described “Der Doppelganger” (the doublegoer, or “ghostly double”) as being a piece of music that contains more drama in a few minutes than the entire output of Wagner. Schubert died at the age of 32, after an outpouring of genius, genius if which he was modestly unaware. A few tone deaf critics used to describe Schubert’s piano music as a failure. Mozart and Schubert are the two greatest natural talents who ever wrote music. So there are wako hicks in music circles, as in physics. Untalented and nothing to do. Schiff is an eminent interpreter of Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven. Schubert is the most flowing and naturally tuneful of them all. So I conclude that music critics are tone deaf bureaucrats, with nothing to do and ineffective.

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