Overseas travel may be off the cards this year due to the global pandemic, but later this week Border residents have the chance to travel to Austria through music.
The Forelle Ensemble, a quintet or musical group with five members, will be visiting Albury on Thursday and Friday as part of a regional tour to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first 'Schubertiade', a performance of Austrian chamber music inspired by composer Franz Schubert.
Australian violinist James Armstrong formed the quintet after returning from Vienna and Salzburg last year.
"It's a wonderful opportunity for us to be able to play this beautiful repertoire of Schubert's music," he said.
"We are performing music which was composed in the Austrian countryside and we are bringing it to the countryside here."
Mr Armstrong said the musical works were colourful and distinct.
"I imagine each piece as a postcard of Austria," he said.
"The music intimately reflects the landscape and lifestyle, from the elegant and lavish decor of Viennese salons to the striking snow-capped Alps and lush green fields of the countryside.
"Schubert's music illustrates these settings so sublimely."
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Chamber music developed throughout Schubert's lifetime in the late 1700s and early 1800s, during the late Classical/early Romantic Era in Vienna.
During his lifetime Schubert's songs or 'Lieder' were mainly heard by a small group of dedicated friends, who would come together at intimate musical soirees, that became popular in 1800 Vienna as so called "Schubertiaden".
The first documented Schubertiade took place in 1821.
Today, the term Schubertiade still refers to intimate concerts but also to festivals around the world, whether in alpine scenery or urban settings.
The most well-known and experience-worthy is the Schubertiade Festival in Austria's Alpine province Vorarlberg.
With around 80 events and 35,000 visitors annually, the Schubertiade Festival in Hohenems and Schwarzenberg is the biggest Schubert Festival in the world.
The Forelle Ensemble will perform on Thursday 24th June at a private Albury residence and on Friday 25th June at 7.00pm at St Matthew's Church, Albury.
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