In celebration of Schubert’s trout, Schrödinger’s cat, and Einstein on the Beach

Franz Schubert (31 Jan 1797 – 19 Nov 1828)

Franz Schubert (31 Jan 1797 – 19 Nov 1828)

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Schubert’s life is the quintessential example of the Romantic notion of the neglected genius who dies in obscurity. Even Mozart, who probably had a harsher life and greater obstacles to overcome, was at least accorded a modicum of recognition in his own lifetime. For Schubert, an entire generation had to pass before his most substantial achievements saw the light of day.

(http://www.classical.net/music/comp.lst/schubert.php)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Schubert

Philip Glass (and cat)

Philip Glass (and cat)

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[The music of Philip Glass] is frequently described as minimalist, though he prefers to describe himself as a composer of “music with repetitive structures”. Although his early, mature music is minimalist, he has evolved stylistically. Currently, he describes himself as a “Classicist”, pointing out that he is trained in harmony and counterpoint and studied Franz Schubert, Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with Nadia Boulanger.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Glass)

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Oh! by the way, Schrödinger’s cat was a bit of a red herring.

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2 thoughts on “In celebration of Schubert’s trout, Schrödinger’s cat, and Einstein on the Beach

  1. A riddle:
    – What’s red, hangs on the wall, and whistles?
    – A herring.
    – A herring?
    – So it isn’t red! So it doesn’t hang on the wall! So it doesn’t whistle!
    (Must be said with a great shrug of the shoulders.)

    I love your photo of Philip Glass and Schrodinger’s cat.

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