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Franz Schubert’s birthday

Franz Schubert’s birthday

Franz Schubert’s birthday

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Franz Schubert

January 31, 1797, Himmelpfortgrund – November 19, 1828, Vienna

Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer who bridged the worlds of Classical and Romantic music, noted for the melody and harmony in his lieders and chamber music. Among other works are Symphony in C Major (The Great; 1828), Symphony in B Minor (Unfinished; 1822), masses, and piano works.

The numerous compositions he wrote between 1813 and 1815 are remarkable for their variety and intrinsic worth. They are the products of young genius, still short of maturity but displaying style, originality, and imagination. Besides five string quartets, there were three full-scale masses and three symphonies. His first full-length opera, Des Teufels Lustschloss (The Devil’s Palace of Desire), was finished while he was at the training college. But at this period song composition was his chief, all-absorbing interest. On October 19, 1814, he first set to music a poem by Goethe, Gretchen am Spinnrade (Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel), from Faust; it was his 30th song and in this masterpiece he created at one stroke the German lied (art song).

In a short lifespan of less than 32 years, Schubert was a prolific composer, writing some 600 Lieder, nine symphonies, including the famous Unfinished Symphony, liturgical music, operas, some incidental music and a large body of chamber and solo piano music.

More on:

Franz Schubert – Symphony No.8 „Unfinished” Concertgebouw Orchestra, Conductor Leonard Bernstein

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