Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This German operetta is one of several of the period utilizing events (both actual and imagined) in the life of composer Franz Schubert. Carl Joeken is cast as Schubert, who though homely and impoverished manages to find time for romance -- when he isn't writing songs, that is. Though loved by pretty innkeeper Therese (Lucie Englisch), Schubert is enamored of the glamorous Countess Maria Esterhazy (Gretl Theimer). In desperation, Therese has a heart-to-heart talk with the Countess, who magnanimously agrees to bring the heroine and Schubert together. Alas, Therese misunderstands the Countess' motives, and as a result Schubert loses both ladies. In the depths of despair, the great composer manages to write some of his most enduring tunes, including the title song.