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Posted by Göran Forsling on December 18, 2013, 1:20 pm, in reply to "http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2013/Dec13/Schubert_lieder_600030.htm"
Thank you, Martin, for pointing this out. What I intended to write was that he wasn't aware of how imminent the bitter end was. He had certainly been suffering from deteriorating health since 1823, the year Die schöne Müllerin was composed, but it wasn't until September 1828, when he was working on the Schwanengesang songs, that the symptoms became serious. As late as early November he still seems to have had some belief in the future, since he contacted the Court Organist Sechter for lessons in counterpoint. That was less than three weeks before dis demise. On 16 November he got the diagnosis typhoid fever, which also was the official cause of death. Drinking contaminated water - like Tchaikovsky 65 years later - might have been intentional when he knew the end was close ... To sum it up: Schubert no doubt knew for at least five years that his life would be cut short, but until short before his death that it was so imminent.
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