Lavishly lyrical music for a cocktail party

Late night music. © Charles Thibo

Schubert swings. It is late at night, darkness surronds the house, occasionally a car drives by. The house however is fully lit, there is a cocktail party going on. People are standing around, Daiquiris and Lynchburg Lemonades in their hands, chatting about politics, arts, everyday matters and exchanging the latest gossip. A trio has been brought in to delight the guests with unobtrusive music. When the musicians start to play the first bars of Schubert’s Piano Trio in B flat (Op. 99, D.898), the chatting dies down. People look at each other, surprised, whispering: “What’s that?” An elderly couple takes the initiative and engages in a slow dance.

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