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About The Austrian Film “Leise flehen meine Lieder” – Schubert´s Unfulfilled Love

Aug 5, 2017

Why did Schubert fall in love with Countess Karoline Esterhazy?

Click on the video to hear the most moving scene of this film, when MARTA EGGERTH in the role of Karoline,
is puzzling the surprised music teacher – Franz Schubert –
with a perfect rendition of his composition “Leise flehen meine Lieder” .

 

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At the BELLARIA CINEMA in Vienna the Austrian film “Leise flehen meine Lieder”, “Gently my songs entreat”, is on regularly. I had the special chance to see it today and share my impressions here with you. No doubt, Vienna is the legendary CITY OF MUSIC. The history of music is all around us, explore it and you will find many treasures, ready to be picked up by you.

 

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From the scene at the Palais Kinsky in Vienna, where the tragical encounter of Schubert with Karoline happens

– the first (film) chapter of a love that would never come true –

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A Schubertiade Concert in Vienna, with Schubert at the piano and Karoline Esterhazy in the painting on the wall behind. In the film she interrupts Schubert`s important concert at the Palais Kinsky with an outbursting laugh. Ruining his dawning career she convinces her father, the Count of Esterhazy, to invite Schubert to Hungary to become her music teacher.

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The following screen-shots of the Schubert film have been on display during the past sixty years at the Bellaria Cinema in Vienna whenever the film was shown. Covered with the beautiful patina of history I want to leave them unedited for you to enjoy them as they are.

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Schubert as school teacher in Vienna, coming up with the tune of “Heidenröslein” while teaching multiplication tables.

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Karoline Esterhazy at a dance floor in Hungary, mingling with the common people in the village for a dance with Schubert.

Karoline and Schubert getting closer.

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Before the Kiss.

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Unhappy End: Karoline is being married to Count Karl Folliott de Crenneville-Poutet.

 

 

The film ends and we are gradually taken back into our times while passing through the hall of the Bellaria Cinema.

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I learn the meaning of the letters over the small door: WVH Werbung Vorschau Hauptfilm – it is the German abbreviation for Newsreel – Movie Preview – Main Film, the letter would light up as a guide for the movie staff to decide if late comers could still be allowed in.

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Foto on display in the entrance hall at the Bellaria Cinema Vienna, signed by Marta in 1992, when she came to see her own movie.

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The Esterhazy family has published the historical facts about Countess Karoline Esterházy de Galántha (1811-1844), who went down in history for being Schubert’s piano pupil. He taught her during the summers of 1818 and 1824. During that time Schubert composed several  piano duos “à quatre mains”  where the players’ hands have to cross over each other’s frequently. For the love stricken Schubert a way of touching her hands. He dedicated several compositions to her, among others the “Swan-song”, a collection of romantic pieces D.957, such as the famous “Serenade”,  in German “Ständchen”, also titled “Leise flehen meine Lieder”-“Gently my songs entreat” – which is also the title of this film. You may wish to scroll back up to listen to the song once more on the top of this page. +

 

+Film posters in Austria 1933 and in Japan 1935.

Sources: Schubertiade Foto (drawn by Schubert´s close friend Moritz von Schwind in 1868,  and Posters: Wikipedia; Esterhazy Wiki;

 

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ALSO ON THIS BLOG ABOUT SCHUBERT:

A Night With Schubert – Concert at Schubert Church in Vienna

Vienna’s Great Musicians – Where Franz Schubert Was Baptised

 

 

 

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