The lives of Schubert and Mendelssohn

By: Special to The Times

UNION — On January 12, 2016, the Union Music Club met at the Union County Museum at 7 pm. After all in attendance enjoyed the delicious refreshments, President Tommy Bishop welcomed everyone to the meeting. The Music Club Invocation and Federation Collect were recited by the members. Then the Federation Hymn and the Hymn of the Month entitled “Work for the Night Is Coming” were sung.


Treasurer, Rev. Sanders Read, presented the treasury report, and everyone contributed $1 towards the Founders Day celebration.

There were no reports from the club committees. President Bishop read the last few pages of the club constitution and by-laws to the fifteen members attending.


The program for this evening was a report from the book entitled Victor Borge’s My Favorite Comedies in Music presented by member, Miss Sally Summers.

Chapter 4 was about the history of conductors and their relationship with the audience and the musicians whom they direct. This history began in ancient Greece and proceeded through the ages describing different ways to keep time with such items as rolled up music or various types of batons.

This chapter also stated that the audience reacted to the music in very different ways compared to the present day, often with loud shouting or the throwing of furniture, or the destruction of the music hall. Other times, the music was just background music for other activities in the auditorium.

It was also revealed that the musicians often had to wear heavy clothing for programs and, sometimes, were required to stand up to play during the entire performance.

Chapter 5 was all about the life of Franz Schubert. In Schubert’s short life, he created a monumental amount of music, including, nine symphonies, nineteen string quartets, several sonatas, several masses, over three hundred and fifty songs, and at least ten operas. However, very little of his music was produced during his lifetime. In 1828, this musical genius died practically penniless at age 31 in Vienna, Austria.

Felix Mendelssohn was the subject of chapter 6. He, like Schubert, created a vast amount of music and died young, but he was much more successful and more accomplished in other ways than Schubert.

Not only did he compose and conduct wonderful music, he painted, bowled, danced, and was said to be a wonderful teacher. By age fourteen, he had composed three concertos, some fugues, a dozen symphonies, several operettas, chamber music, and several cantatas. Later, he wrote music for the King of Prussia and played music with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Great Britain.

Among his most popular pieces of music would be his “Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture”, “Hebrides Overture”, “Scotch Symphony”, and the ever popular “Wedding March.” Mendelssohn also married and had five children. He died at age 38.


After the program, the March meeting and the April fundraiser were discussed. The members were reminded of the Shining Stars Concert to be held at Converse College on February 6 and the upcoming Lenten Services. President Bishop reminded everyone of the February club meeting which will be held at Buffalo Baptist Church where all members are to present some kind of American music either by singing or with some musical instrument.


The Benediction song, “The Gift of Song” by Lana Bailey was sung, and President Bishop adjourned the meeting.
Union Music Club holds January meeting

Special to The Times

This story was submitted by the Union Music Club.

This story was submitted by the Union Music Club.