New book explores physical beauty of musical instruments

The curve of a violin… the luminous glow of an ivory keyboard… such are the subjects of the new book “To Music” which conveys the particular beauty of the musical instruments in the Schubert Club Museum.

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Photo from “To Music” by Natasha D’Schommer

The images were taken by Minneapolis-based photographer Natasha D’Schommer, who’s previous book Biblio brought her to the attention of the museum. That collection of photographs documented the rare books, manusripts and musical scores in the Scheide Library in Princeton, NJ.

Initially D’Schommer was hired by the Schubert Club Museum to take images that would be used as wall hangings and murals in- and outside the museum. But when confronted with the results of her work, the folks at the Schubert were pained to choose just a few of the images. Thanks to a gift from Judith and Bill Scheide, owners of the Scheide Museum, the Schubert Club and D’Schommer were able to expand her photographs into a book.

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Photo from “To Music” by Natasha D’Schommer

A public reception and book signing is scheduled for Sunday, November 13, from 1:00-3:00 PM at The Schubert Club Museum on the second floor of Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul. Copies of the book will be available at the event at a special reduced price (normally $35) and a drawing will be held for a framed D’Schommer print.

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