Franz Schubert & Inspector MorseSunday, September 08, 2013
I write this late Saturday evening. The pleasant day with the two granddaughters and our daughter was not as pleasant as it could have been. My manipulative older granddaughter made sure of that. She may have created a conflict so she could leave, skip dinner and our family film to go where she really wanted to go, a date with a friend. Her mother knows her daughter too well and can see under all the subterfuge but my wife who believes in the innocence and goodness of most people cannot.
We managed and the four of us watched Inspector Morse in an episode called Dead on Time. I would not reveal too much of the plot except to say that one of the protagonists, a possible murder suspect at one time was a most dear girlfriend to Morse in his young Oxford days. There is a scene where Morse, the older Morse takes her to a concert that features Franz Schubert’s exquisite Quintet in C, D. 956. In a latter part Morse invites the woman to his flat and as he prepares all the food he has the Schubert on his sound system.
As I took Hilary and Lauren home I played the Quintet in the car’s sound system. And I told them a short story.
When I was in quinto grado in my school (a bi-lingual American school in Buenos Aires) our teacher read a biography of Schubert in Spanish. She read for 15 minutes every day at the end of the class. I have no memory of my teacher’s (she was a woman) name nor do I remember her features. I remember a droning voice with a clipped Argentine accent that began always thusly, “De la biografía de Franz Schubert, capítulo segundo (o tercero o cuarto)… and she would read to us.
I had no idea who this Franz Schubert was except to vaguely remember he had to do with a city in Austria called Vienna.
And yet, today, September 7, 2013 as I was driving my family home it occurred to me that my anonymous teacher taught me well.