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: String Quintet  / Amsterdam Sinfonietta Soloists
Release Date: 09/11/2015   Label: Channel Classics  
Catalog: 36215   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivere - Haydn, Schubert, Widmann / Ragazze Quartet
Release Date: 04/09/2013   Label: Channel Classics  
Catalog: 34613   Number of Discs: 1
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Grigori Sokolov: Schubert & Beethoven
Release Date: 01/29/2016   Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002436702   Number of Discs: 2
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Schubertiade / Anima Eterna Brugge, Immerseel
Release Date: 01/29/2016   Label: Alpha Productions  
Catalog: 216   Number of Discs: 4
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Schubert: Piano Sonatas 13 & 18 / Janina Fialkowska
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 22681   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Fantasy for Piano in C major, D 760/Op. 15 "Wanderer"

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  • 76.
    Nino P. Cocchiarella, Piano
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637418229 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert,  George Frideric Handel
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  • 77.
    Wanderer - Schubert, Liszt / Luiza Borac
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2061 Release Date: 06/21/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Luiza Borac
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  • 78.
    Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy; Liszt: Sonata In B Minor /  Daniel Rohm
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 4044 Release Date: 11/12/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Daniel Röhm
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  • 79.
    Lang Lang - Live At Carnegie Hall
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000302809 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang
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  • 80.
    International Piano Festival Vol 4 / Levin, Gurt
    Label: Palexa   Catalog: 518 Release Date: 09/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Gurt,  Beth Levin
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  • 81.
    Lang Lang - Live At Carnegie Hall
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000204702 Release Date: 03/02/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Tan Dun,  Traditional,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Guo-Ren Lang
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  • 82.
    Lang Lang - Live At Carnegie Hall
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000204702 Release Date: 03/02/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Guo-Ren Lang
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  • 83.
    Virtuoso Schubert / Zeynep Ucbasaran
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 3108 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Zeynep Ucbasaran
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  • 84.
    Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy, Sonata In Bb / Semion Kruchin
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84452 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Semion Kruchin
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  • 85.
    Masters Of The Keyboard Vol 2
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1206 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Pietro De Maria,  Nicholas Angelich,  Adam Neiman,  Ilya Itin  ... 
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  • 86.
    Presenting Pietro De Maria - Scarlatti, Schubert, Et Al
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1204 Release Date: 12/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Pietro De Maria
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  • 87.
    Young Brendel - The Vox Years
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3601 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Walter Klien
    Conductor:  Willfried Boettcher,  Paul Angerer,  Jonathan Sternberg,  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 88.
    Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy, Etc / Pavlos Hatzopoulos
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98326 Release Date: 05/23/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Pavlos Hatzopoulos
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  • 89.
    Label: Cypres   Catalog: 1621 Release Date: 03/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Daniel Blumenthal
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  • 90.
    The Wanderer
    Label: Newport Classic   Catalog: 85632 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Eri Ikezi
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  • 91.
    Alfred Brendel Plays Schubert
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3041 Release Date: 08/12/1997   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Evelyne Crochet
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Schubert: Wanderer-fantasie;  Schumann: Fantasie / Pollini
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 447451 Release Date: 08/13/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Maurizio Pollini
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  • 93.
    Schubert: Fantasy
    Label: Live Classics   Catalog: 372 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Eliso Virsaladze
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  • 94.
    Stefan Vladar Live At Grosser Musikvereinsaal
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 104 Release Date: 10/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Kurt Schmidek,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar
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  • 95.
    Schubert, Brahms, Liszt / Yevgeny Kissin
    Label: Dg Masters   Catalog: 445562 Release Date: 04/03/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
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  • 96.
    Schubert: Piano Sonatas D 537 & D 664, Etc / Jénö Jandó
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550846 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
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  • 97.
    Schubert: Piano Favorites / Peter Frankl
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3011 Release Date: 11/04/1992   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Peter Frankl
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  • 98.
    Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy, Etc / Fleisher, Freire
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 47667 Release Date: 06/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Leon Fleisher,  Nelson Freire
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  • 99.
    Schumann, Schubert: Fantasies / Murray Perahia
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42124 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
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  • 100.
    Schubert: Piano Works / Oleg Maisenberg
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 43831 Release Date: 05/16/1988   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Oleg Maisenberg
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