Franz Schubert

Biography

Born: Jan 31, 1797; Austria   Died: Nov 19, 1828; Austria   Period: Romantic
Franz Peter Schubert was among the first of the Romantics, and the composer who, more than any other, brought the art song (lied) to artistic maturity. During his short but prolific career, he produced masterpieces in nearly every genre, all characterized by rich harmonies, an expansive treatment of classical forms, and a seemingly endless gift for melody. Schubert began his earliest musical training studying with his father and brothers. Having Read more passed an audition, Schubert enrolled at the Convict school that trained young vocalists to eventually sing at the chapel of The Imperial Court. Schubert began to explore composition and wrote a song that came to the attention of the institution's director, Antonio Salieri, who along with the school's professor of harmony, hailed young Schubert as a genius. In 1813, after Schubert's voice broke, he returned to live with his father, who directed him to follow in his footsteps and become a schoolteacher. Schubert begrudgingly complied and worked miserably in that capacity by day, while composing prolifically by night. He had written more than 100 songs as well as numerous symphonic, operatic, and chamber music scores, before he reached the age of 20.

Schubert finally left his teaching position to dedicate himself completely to musical pursuits. During the summer of 1818, the young composer worked as a private music teacher to the aristocratic Esterházy family. When he left that post in the fall, Schubert lived a somewhat bohemian lifestyle, composing and spending time with a group of friends that acted as his personal support system. In 1820, Schubert was commissioned by two opera houses, the Karthnerthor Theatre and Theatre-an-der-Wein, to compose a pair of operas. He wrote Zwillingsbruden, and Zauberharfe, both of which were unenthusiastically received. Schubert failed to secure a contract with a publisher, as none were willing to take a chance on a relatively unknown composer who wrote (harmonically) untraditional music. Schubert, along with the support of his artistic friends, published his own work for a collection of roughly 100 subscribers. These efforts, however, were financially unrewarding, and Schubert struggled to sustain himself. His work garnered little attention and contemporary composers dismissed his music as presumptuous and immature.

In 1823, Schubert was elected to the Musikverein of Graz, as an honorary member. Though this brought no financial reward and was an inconsequential appointment, Schubert relished its slight recognition, and to show his gratitude, composed his famous Unfinished Symphony. Five years later, Schubert's music was featured at a concert at Vienna's Musikverein. His work was received quite enthusiastically, and to much critical acclaim. This marked the only time during the composer's life that he enjoyed such success. This seemed to provide Schubert with a renewed sense of optimism, and despite illness, the composer continued to produce at an incredible rate. He began to organize a scheme to increase his artistic popularity, by continuing to evaluate his work and progress as a musician, perhaps even planning to study harmony privately. Schubert's health did not improve, and he soon found himself at death's door. During the composer's last moments, he instructed his brother Ferdinand to ensure that he would be buried alongside Ludwig van Beethoven's grave. Schubert revered the legendary composer, and was grateful to him, as Beethoven had praised his work after hearing a selection of songs. Schubert also highly regarded the work of both Franz Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Franz Schubert died of syphilis.

Despite his short life, Schubert produced a wealth of symphonies, operas, masses, chamber music pieces, and piano sonatas, most of which are considered standard repertoire. He is known primarily for composing hundreds of songs including Gretchen am Spinnrade, and Erlkonig. He pioneered the song cycle with such works as Die Schöne Müllerin, and Die Winterreise, and greatly affected the vocal writing of both Robert Schumann and Gustav Mahler. Read less

Schubert: Symphonies No 3-5 /  Thomas Dausgaard, Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1786   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Winterreise / Jonas Kaufmann
Release Date: 04/01/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 379563   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Divertimento K 563; Schubert: String Trio / Trio Zimmermann
Release Date: 12/21/2010   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1817   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Overtures /  Manfred Huss, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien
Release Date: 05/15/2012   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1862   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Symphony No 6 / Dausgaard, Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 07/30/2013   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1987   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"

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  • 126.
    Schubert: Symphonies No 8(9) & 3 / Kubelik, Et Al
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 92542 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 127.
    Schubert: Symphonies No 5, 6, 8 & 9 / Karajan, Bpo
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 86067 Release Date: 02/15/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 128.
    Original Masters - Erich Kleiber
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000298102 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Hilde Gueden,  Sieglinde Wagner,  Anton Dermota,  Ludwig Weber
    Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
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  • 129.
    Schubert: Complete Symphonies / Zender, SWR SO Baden-Baden
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93120 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Hans Zender
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 130.
    Schubert: Symphony No 9; Johann Strauss Jr. / Gielen
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93057 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 131.
    Giulini - Weber, Schubert, Britten / Lpo, New Philharmonia
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4140 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Benjamin Britten,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Chorus,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 132.
    Schubert: Symphony No 9; Brahms: Alto Rhapsody / Baker, Boult
    Label: Emi Great Artists Of The Century   Catalog: 62792 Release Date: 03/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
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  • 133.
    Schubert: Symphony No 9 / Menuhin, Sinfonia Varsovia
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4605312 Release Date: 11/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
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  • 134.
    Schubert: Symphony In C
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93044 Release Date: 07/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 135.
    Tintner Memorial Edition Vol 2 - Schubert: Symphonies 8 & 9
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557234 Release Date: 06/17/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Georg Tintner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony Nova Scotia
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  • 136.
    Warsaw Philharmonic Archive / Zecchi, Kletzki
    Label: Cd Accord   Catalog: 114 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Carlo Zecchi,  Paul Kletzki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 137.
    Schubert: The 10 Symphonies / Marriner, ASMF
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470886 Release Date: 03/11/2003   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 138.
    Wilhelm Furtwängler - Recordings 1942-44 Vol 1
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471289 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Franz Schubert,  George Frideric Handel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Erich Röhn
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 139.
    Classics - Schubert: Symphony No 8 & 9 / Dohnányi, Cleveland
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80608 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 140.
    Gielen Edition
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93080 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Michael Gielen,  Eduard Steuermann  ... 
    Performer:  Christiane Oelze,  Melanie Diener,  John Bröcheler,  Stefan Litwin
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Anton Webern Choir Freiburg,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 141.
    Schubert: Symphony No 9; Beethoven, Rossini / Szell, Davis
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 69364 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 142.
    Great Conductors Of The 20th Century - Ataúlfo Argenta
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75097 Release Date: 06/04/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Franz Schubert,  Maurice Ravel,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Ana Maria Iriarte
    Conductor:  Ataulfo Argenta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Cento Solisti Orchestra
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  • 143.
    Schubert: Complete Symphonies, Etc / Muti, Vienna Po
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 74808 Release Date: 12/18/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 144.
    Schubert: Symphony No 9; Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring / Mehta
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 566012 Release Date: 10/30/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 145.
    Schubert: Symphony No 9;  Cherubini, Cornelius / Boult
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4072 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Cornelius,  Luigi Cherubini,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 146.
    Schubert: 8 Symphonies / Karl Böhm, Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471307 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 147.
    Karajan Edition - Mozart: Symphonie 33, Etc;  Schubert
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 66389 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 148.
    Schubert: Symphonies No 5, 8 & 9, Etc / Mackerras, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 5618062 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 149.
    Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 469627 Release Date: 09/04/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 150.
    Schubert: Symphony No 9, Rosamunde / Muti, Vienna Po
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73701 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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