|F Schubert -|
loved fast bowling
The Death and the Maiden quartet is conventionally held to reveal aspects of Schubert's realisation of his own mortality, for he had entered the tertiary stage of syphilis that year and his remaining time was short. The work is conventionally held to convey both the struggle with death and the prospect of peace and ecstasy on leaving this painful world behind. The second movement is a set of variations on the tune from a song Death and the Maiden which Schubert composed in 1817 setting a text by Claudius Mathiass.
This view of the work is as fine as far as it goes, but Fantasy Bob thinks it fails to account for Schubert's admiration for fast bowling and the great W Indian Michael Holding in particular. It not clear how he knew, but in this passionate work, Schubert was certainly presaging events that would take place 160 years hence in March 1981 in Bridgetown Barbados during the 3rd Test betweenW Indies and England.
|Boycott having seen the Devil himself|
But real death stalked abroad for English tour manager Ken Barrington was to suffer a heart attack and die that night. England played on gamely, but fell to defeat.
|Nadkarni could bat as well|