Composing while death is knocking on the door

The Austrian painter Egon Schiele painted Death embracing a maiden in 1915/16.
The Austrian painter Egon Schiele painted Death embracing a maiden in 1915/16.

Death – one of the mysteries of life. A recurrent subject for painters, sculptors, poets and composers. The Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828) was obsessed by this subject, perfectly in line with other creative geniuses during the German Romantic period. In 1817 he set to music “Death and the Maiden”, a poem by the writer Matthias Claudius.

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