SIX-STRING SCHUBERT is a campaign by Tim Herscovitch to arrange and record the string quartet music of Franz Schubert for 4 electric guitars. The first installment of Six-String Schubert will be released in August of 2013, featuring Quartets 12 and 14, followed by their tablature transcriptions to be made available as PDF resources.
Everyone likes classical music - they just might not know it yet. Six-String Schubert is an unprecedented project in which Quartet No. 14 ("Death and the Maiden") and Quartet No. 12 ("Quartettsatz") will be arranged -- and recorded -- for four electric guitars. This arrangement has nuance, dynamics, and no overbearing shred metal guitar tone or processed drums. Other than some very minor stylistic and idiomatic choices (let's face it, an electric guitar is different than a violin or viola), every note you hear is one that Schubert penned.
Regardless of what generation you might come from, classical music often comes with a stigma, a built in layer of cobwebs that prevents its genius and beauty from being appreciated as widely as it should... and could. That's where Six-String Schubert comes in, adding the modern timbres of the electric guitar while faithfully retaining the original notes as penned by Schubert himself. The result is an often shocking re-imagining of these works, as you begin to realize how truly timeless these musical ideas are.
Movement 1 from the "Death and the Maiden" quartet is complete. Here are some comments from the Youtube video that currently has over 2,000 plays (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6daLH9EgOs):
"I think you bridged the one gap between classical musical and myself. I feel like I have a hard time enjoying classical music because of the use instruments that I really had not had an exposure too. I understand it is intricate and "beautiful" but until now I had no way to connect to it since, in essence, it was spoken in a language (or dialect) that I had no upbringing with which to help grasp it.
I now understand a bit more of how people consider this music so wonderful."
- "This is awesome. I love hearing classical music through different mediums, and this is excellent. Great job."
- "Dude, GREAT JOB. So much time must have gone into this. Having played this several times, I got a major kick out of this and am truly impressed by what a sophisticated interpretation you put together. On electric guitars."
My ultimate goal is to awaken the love of classical music in those who might not have experienced its treasures otherwise. Help me continue this and future projects to keep this art alive and stoke interest in Schubert and the other great masters for years to come.
What We Need & What You Get
I'm asking for $2,500 for this project to be fully funded. Here's how I arrived at that number:
Completing this project is an enormous, painstaking process, and one which I am not aware that anyone else has attempted before. I am a full-time music teacher beginning my first year of teaching this Fall. This summer is my best chance to complete Schubert's Quartet 12 and 14. I'm asking for about $800 a month (after Paypal fees etc) to cover various recording equipment and living expenses, and to keep the number of "day job" hours this summer as low as humanly possible in order to actually get this album done. This is a low total meant to represent the bare minimum necessary to get through the summer with a completed Six-String Schubert album... without starving.
I can guarantee that if I meet this goal total, I will have the finished product ready to spread across the internet by late August, as well as a digital tablature PDF for Quartet 14. In fact, if I reach at least $1,000, I will create a tablature book for Quartet 14. With minimal marketing, I've reached about 2,000 views of the first movement alone. This leads me to think that there truly is an audience for this project, one which I intend on reaching as widely as possible by this campaign's completion.
Check out the "perks" section to see how you will be thanked for your contributions to Six-String Schubert.
Some of the Youtube comments the first movement has received alone give me hope that the impact and intended consequence of this project is very real. I want to present the brilliant work of Franz Schubert in a new way so that his music and that of the other great masters will continue to hold interest and significance for years to come.
"I try to decorate my imagination as much as I can." - Franz Schubert
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't afford to contribute to this effort financially, PLEASE share this page through social media or word of mouth. I view this project as much larger than myself, and I believe there is a real benefit to this arrangement and others like it, for the good of art music as a whole.
Creator, arranger, guitarist, recording engineer, project manager