Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 4

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Painting by Alex Katsenelson

Today I’d like to share with you Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 4.  After he finished it, he gave it the title “Tragic.” Schubert became one of my favorite composers later in my life.  I find an incredible emotional depth in his music, which is full of pain and sorrow. 

This music could not have been written by a happy person – and he was not (I wrote about Schubert’s life here).  His life was tragic (just like this symphony) and we, the listeners, are the primary beneficiaries of the suffering that he poured into creativity and this remarkable work.  

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  • Janice Jacksonja says:

    I throughly enjoy your post. My friend , Judith Bratten sent it to me after a discussion over lunch. I too am a journal keeper. I have been at it for close to thirty years. Unlike you, I am well past middle age but you have encouraged to go about it in a different way. At a healthy 75, your writing has encouraged me to delve deeper into my thoughts about what I do, think and feel. Thank you. I look forward to receiving more from you.

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