The inevitable phenomenon of life’s end has produced a wealth of the world’s great masterpieces of art. From Michelangelo’s Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel, to Miller’s Death of a Salesman, immortal works have bridged the gap between reality and final unknown. Schubert’s obsession with death emerges throughout his music, and the Russians Mussorgsky and Rachmaninov give voice to their country’s powerful grasp of human mortality.
Rachmaninov Two Movements for String Quartet (1889)
MussorgskyPesni i plyaski smerti (Songs and Dances of Death) for Voice and Piano (1875, 1877)
Schubert “Der Tod und das Mädchen” (Death and the Maiden) for Voice and Piano, D. 531 (1817)
Schubert Quartet in D minor for Strings, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden” (1824)