Schubertiana is a nocturne written for a suitably dark-hued palette: mezzo-soprano, viola, french horn, and piano. I use the first part of Tomas Tranströmer’s five-section poem, each isolating a moment of clarity elicited by Schubert’s music—“the blind banister that finds its way in the darkness”. (I feel the same way.)
The piece’s material doesn’t refer explicitly to Schubert, though it does root itself in one of his characteristic keys—B flat major—and build upwards in polytonal layers with each additional thought.
ListenTimo Andres: Schubertiana
recorded live at Harding’s, New York City, March 2015
performers Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Christopher Cano, piano; Mark Holloway, viola; Eric Reed, horn