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 Edition
Release Date: 10/28/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94870   Number of Discs: 69
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Schubert: Sonatas Nos. 17, 20, 21, Impromptus & Marche / Schnabel
Release Date: 09/09/2016   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 3202   Number of Discs: 2
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Schubert: Alfonso und Estrella / Suitner, Fischer-Dieskau
Release Date: 08/23/1994   Label: Berlin Classics  
Catalog: 2156   Number of Discs: 3
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Singphonic Schubert - Complete Edition / Die Singphoniker
Release Date: 05/16/2000   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 999659   Number of Discs: 5
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Schubert/Reger: Orchestral Songs / Nyland, Mertens, Albert
Release Date: 06/02/1998   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 999510   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.
    Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy; Schumann: Fantasy / Edelmann
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 7746 Release Date: 08/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Serge Edelmann
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  • 77.
    Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy;  Schumann:
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 95 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann
    Conductor:  Orlando Jopling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 78.
    Evgeny Kissin - Fantasy
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000861102 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 79.
    Original Masters - Clifford Curzon - Decca Recordings 1944-1970 Vol 4
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000841202 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon,  Irmgard Seefried,  Horst Günther,  Julius Patzak  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch,  George Szell,  Benjamin Britten,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 80.
    Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy, Impromptus Op 90 / Peter Rösel
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1365 Release Date: 01/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Peter Rösel
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  • 81.
    Boris Giltburg - Live In Recital
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4393 Release Date: 11/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Franz Schubert,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Boris Giltburg
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  • 82.
    Schubert: The Piano Masterworks Vol 1 / Anthony Goldstone
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 21202 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Anthony Goldstone
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  • 83.
    Schubert, Liszt: Piano Music / David Fray
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22360 Release Date: 08/22/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  David Fray
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  • 84.
    Piano Recital - Mozart, Sibelius, Etc / Anton Nel
    Label: Artek   Catalog: 23 Release Date: 11/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jean Sibelius,  Enrique Granados,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Anton Nel
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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy;  Schumann / Sviatoslav Richter
    Label: Emi Great Artists Of The Century   Catalog: 62961 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 88.
    Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy; Liszt: Sonata In B Minor /  Daniel Rohm
    Label: Genuin Classics   Catalog: 4044 Release Date: 11/12/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Daniel Röhm
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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 5568 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Ronald Smith
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  • 93.
    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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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    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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  • 96.
    Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy, Sonata D 894 / Elisabeth Leonskaja
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 7408312 Release Date: 10/15/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elisabeth Leonskaja
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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    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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  • 100.
    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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