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Franz Schubert

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(1797 – 1828)

Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828) was an Austrian composer. He wrote some 600 lieder, nine (including the famous “Unfinished Symphony”), liturgical music, operas, and a large body of chamber and solo piano music. He is particularly noted for his original melodic and harmonic writing.

Schubert was born on 31st January 1797 into a musically knowledgeable family, and received formal musical training through much of his childhood. While Schubert had a close circle of friends and associates who admired his work (including his teacher Antonio Salieri, and the prominent singer Johann Michael Vogl), wide appreciation of his music during his lifetime was limited at best. He was never able to secure adequate permanent employment, and for most of his career he relied on the support of friends and family. He made some money from published works, and occasionally gave private musical instruction. In the last year of his life he began to receive wider acclaim. He died at the age of thirty-one, on 19th November 1828, apparently of complications from syphilis.

Interest in Schubert’s work increased dramatically in the decades following his death. Composers such as Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann, and Felix Mendelssohn discovered, collected, and championed his works in the nineteenth century, as did musicologist George Grove. Schubert is now widely considered to be one of the greatest composers in the Western tradition.

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  • coolvart

    Sonata No. 20 in A major is where it's at.

    21 Jul 12:35am Reply
  • pnthom

    last.fm tells me that Franz Schubert is on tour now. For some reason, I find that a bit hard to believe. I'd better buy tickets soon, because I was about 180 years late to his last gig!

    3 Jul 5:16am Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Ave Maria is overrated, imo. But as a whole, Franz Schubert is a great romantic.

    3 Jun 6:37pm Reply
  • felipelordao

    lovable

    21 May 12:03am Reply
  • Lidiss1995

    ''Ave Maria'' is really beautiful [3]

    16 May 12:14pm Reply
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    12 May 9:40pm Reply
  • Caviaris

    ave maria is gay

    7 Apr 4:18pm Reply
  • top20fanatico

    ''Ave Maria'' is really beautiful [2]

    21 Mar 11:24pm Reply
  • todorix

    Ενας υπέροχος άνθρωπος.

    18 Mar 3:09pm Reply
  • Dravenclaw

    ''Ave Maria'' is really beautiful

    2 Mar 8:27pm Reply
  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Classics №XVI - http://classics.saltyknuckles.net/2014-09/

    26 Feb 9:24pm Reply
  • Radioakhar

    Happy Birthday Franz Peter Schubert

    1 Feb 4:12pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    один из великих композиторов-философов, что мало кому видно за практическим отсутствием о нем легенд и любовью к малым формам. прав был кто-то, говоря о блоке, что личность часто совершенно заслоняет творчество, а зря :( пысы. а ведь и он был педиком, ну что за нахер.

    31 Jan 10:31am Reply
  • residuo_poetico

    one hit wonder

    5 Jan 11:46pm Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    Bom dimais. Schubão

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • CosmicPi

    Simply beautiful....

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • charlesjosmith

    As a classical pianist myself, I used to adore Schubert's piano music. When I saw Alfred Brendel's live performance of Schubert's "Wandererfantasie" (The Wanderer Fantasy), op. 15, I loved it so much I decided to play it 10 years later. The "3 Piano Pieces" are also pretty good, especially the one in Eb minor/Gb major. The Scherzo in B-flat is a favorite among intermediate-level pianists. But piano ensemble artists have enamoured Schubert's Fantasy in F minor for 1 piano, 4 hands. Here, this fantasy's A section has a melodic line that often reminds you of the power of dramatic opera--sounds sentimental, and often reminds you of past tragedies. That piece lasts over 10 minutes, and it is in rondo form...I especially like the section in F# minor....

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • charlesjosmith

    Schubert had been known as "der Liedmeister". He composed a wide array of art songs featuring happy moods and sad moods, and others that were pretty dramatic. The "Die Forelle" (The Trout) is interesting because he also composed the "Forelle-Quintett" that features his own Lied in the second movement. The "Erlkonig" is the most dramatic of all of his Lieder, and probably the most programmatic. But he is also known for a well-known favorite--Ave Maria--a very timeless song that is often used not only during Christmas, but also during funerals.

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • shangoyal

    Some of the emotions in his music are just too much to take...

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • creepingdeathv2

    he should stop touring and hit the studio and come out with a new album

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
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