Schubert Impromptu No. 3 in G Flat

Schubert wrote four Impromptus…

But this is by far the most famous and continues to be one of the most famous pieces ever written. I chose this recording, not only because it is excellent, but you can see the player. I’d like to get rid of the stupid chandelier  above, but nothing is perfect.

Here is a biography. Read it if you have time.

Biography of Schubert

But first remember this, most of all; he died at the age of 31. And much of his greatest music was never heard until after his death. He was so poor, he was only finally able to buy his own piano during the last year of his life.

We can only imagine what he would have written if he had lived to age 70.

 

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10 thoughts on “Schubert Impromptu No. 3 in G Flat

    1. Schubert’s music had a calmness and quiet joy about it. People sense that as they listen to much of his music. I assume you remember he was dead shortly after the age of 30.

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  1. Superbly played, wonderfully played. What more would one want?
    I like the gentle waterfall of sound, with the melody rising above – seeming so effortless.

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  2. The good ones leave us too soon… most of the time. Some stuck around to be ravaged by the passage of Time.

    I like this fella playing. The music is full of passion but he barely moves, none of the exaggerated theatrics so prevalent in the more.. popular.. performers.

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    1. I wish people took more time to read about these composers. Schubert was just becoming well known when he died. Most likely everything he wrote would have been published and played if he had lived 20 more years, and his “mature” period would be known as his “young years”. Think what people today know about life at age 30 – very little – because they expect to live another 50 years.

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    1. Obviously we can ignore the setting, but perhaps you can understand why I find the pretentiousness of the visual as a giant turn-off. I find the whole thing “too precious for words”, and people who are not into this kind of music get the wrong idea.

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