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Sunday, May 01, 2011

And now for something completely different

From the ridiculous to the sublime. Schubert's Winterreise is a song cycle comprising probably the greatest music he ever write. The final song in the cycle is Der Leiermann, or The Hurdy-Gurdy Player.

Well, the whole cycle was given last year in Schubert's birthplace by singer Nataša Mirković and hurdy-gurdy player extraordinaire Matthias Loibner. Not only is it an extraordinary piece of virtuosity, I think it shows how brilliantly Schubert wrote Der Leiermann in the first place.

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