This section will focus on advancements of the biographical video documentary on Josephu.
I am very pleased that I have been given permission to use a piano performance as the music track for the documentary. The chose the classical piece “Standchen: Leise flehen meine Lieder” from Shubert’s Schwannengesang; a series of songs written by Shubert and not published until after his death. The title translates to “Swan Song,” and a greats, such as Lizst, wrote the arrangements. The melody has that European feel with a melancholy melody. Shubert once said his sole purpose in this world was to compose. My grandfather’s sole purpose was to sculpt and, fittingly, he sculpted a bust of Shubert.
I came across this concert piano recital by Burkard Schliessmann, who gives a very moving interpretation. Please listen to Burkhard’s performance: click here.
Below is Josef’s bust of Franz Schubert. The original location is not known, but there were small bronze reproductions made, approximately 5 inches tall, which occasionally show up at online art auctions sites. Josef made many small bronzes reproduced and sold by Argentor, founded in 1902 and closed in 1970