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Although Schubert is supposed to have played the guitar and many songs of his songs were published with alternative guitar accompaniments, the only known piece he wrote for the guitar is an accompaniment of an occasional Cantate composed to commemorate his father’s name-day.

Nevertheless, Schubert must have been using the guitar while composing Die schöne Müllerin (The Fair Mill-maid). The score is idiosyncratic to the guitar: the movement in the right- as well as the left-hand of the piano part, and the seemingly perfect fit to the six-stringed instrument can not be a mere coincidence.

One explanation might be that Die schöne Müllerin was mostly written in 1923 when Schubert was in hospital, suffering from a disease which would ultimately prove to be fatal. It is sensible to assume that under such circumstances he would more likely have a guitar rather than a piano at his disposal.

The work was published in 1824 in five books. It is based on a cycle of poems by Wilhelm Müller, which describes the story of the young, naive apprentice, who desperately falls in love with the beautiful daughter of the miller. He receives guidance from a small brook, which turns out to be his best friend as well as his fatal destiny.

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released September 1, 2003

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Esther Steenbergen Netherlands

Classical guitarist Esther Steenbergen is internationally renowned both as soloist and ensemble player and is recognized for her fresh approach to the repertoire. She works as a soloist, in ensembles and as an accompanist of singers and instrumentalists. Occasionally she takes part in theater productions. ... more

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