The Life of Franz Schubert, Band 1

Longmans, Green, and Company, 1869

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Seite 107 - Then follow a whole string of general remarks which have nothing to do with one another, and tell nothing of his life except in so far as they illustrate the state of his mind. Such as, "Natural disposition and education determine the bent of man's heart and understanding. The heart is ruler; the mind should be. Take men as they are, not as they ought to be. Town politeness is a powerful hindrance to men's integrity in dealing with one another," and so on, whole pages in a single day.
Seite 263 - His courage, which he managed to husband up to the very threshold of the house, forsook him entirely at the first glimpse he caught of the majestic artist ; and when Beethoven expressed a wish that Schubert should write the answers to his questions, he felt as if his hands were tied and fettered. Beethoven ran through the presentation copy, and stumbled on some inaccuracy in harmony.
Seite 145 - ... entertained to the last day of his life the same hopeless and unrequited passion. In Baron Schonstein, the family tenor, he found another powerful and appreciative admirer, and a vocalist second only to Vogle. "Dans les salons...
Seite 107 - Praise and blame follow in the other world. Still every man has one part assigned to him — we have had our part given us—and who can say if he has played it well or ill? . . . " Natural disposition and education determine the bent of man's heart and understanding. The heart is ruler; the mind should be. Take men as they are, not as they ought to be. Happy is he who finds a true friend. Happier still is he who finds in his own wife a true friend. To the free man at this time marriage is a fearful...
Seite 20 - I could shut myself up in my cell and be quite happy. As I said, I rely on the words of the Apostle Matthew, who says : " Let him that hath two coats give one to the poor."2 Meanwhile I trust you will listen to the voice which unceasingly appeals to you to remember your loving, hoping, poverty-stricken — and once again I repeat, poverty-stricken — brother FRANZ.
Seite 48 - Weit, hoch, herrlich der Blick Rings ins Leben hinein! Von Gebirg zu Gebirg Schwebet der ewige Geist, Ewigen Lebens ahndevoll.
Seite 228 - Nicht immer ging es so herrlich zu, Nicht immer waren wir Prafser! So trug mir Schubert an das Du Zuerst mit Zuckerwasser. Es sehlte an Wein und Geld zumal; Bisweilen mit einer Melange Hielten wir unser Mittagsmahl, Mit diesem Wiener Pantsche. Die Künstler waren damals arm! Wir hatten auch Holz nicht immer, Doch waren wir jung und liebten warm Im ungeheizten Zimmer.
Seite 291 - Herr Schubert shows originality in his compositions, but unfortunately bizarrerie also. The young man is in a period of development; we hope that he will come out of it successfully. At present he is too much applauded; for the future, may he never complain of being too little recognised.
Seite 47 - The friend brought him to that very room which, five years later, 1819, we were destined to share in common. It was in a dark, gloomy street. House and furniture were the worse for wear; the ceiling was beginning to bulge, the light obstructed by a huge building opposite, and part of the furniture was an old worn-out piano and a shabby bookstand—such was the room. I shall never forget it nor the hours we spent there.

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