Toscanini Lecture Series to discuss Schubert's 'Death and the Maiden'

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Classical music, like Shakespeare, can be difficult to decipher with an untrained ear. Listen to the work of Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828) while discussing its interpretation through the ears of Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957), during Greenwich Library's Toscanini Lecture Series, Tuesday, May 26, a 7 p.m., in the Meeting Room.

The sixth lecture in the series, Toscanini expert Mortimer Frank will consider Schubert's String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, Death and the Maiden. Toscanini loved the piano music and chamber works of Schubert. What must have attracted him is its harmonic originality, motivic terseness and taught classical structures.

Toscanini had an exceptional ear for orchestral detail and sonority. He was regarded as an authoritative interpreter of the works of many historic composers, such as Beethoven, Brahms, Verdi and Wagner.

For more information, please call Greenwich Library at 622-7917.

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