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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Grigori Sokolov: Schubert & Beethoven
Release Date: 01/29/2016   Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon  
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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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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: An Sylvia, D 891/Op. 106 no 4

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  • 26.
    Schubert: Nacht Und Traume / Goerne, Schmalcz
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902063 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Matthias Goerne,  Alexander Schmalcz
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  • 27.
    Schubert Lied-Edition Vol 1
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 40026 Release Date: 10/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Friedrich Brodersen,  Frieda Hempel,  Friedrich Schorr,  Maria Ivogün  ... 
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  • 28.
    Schubert: Favorite Lieder / Gerard Souzay, Dalton Baldwin
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802012 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dalton Baldwin,  Gérard Souzay
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  • 29.
    Schubert Favorites, Including Shepherd On The Rock / Felicity Lott
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1092 Release Date: 06/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Graham Johnson,  Ian Brown,  Michael Collins
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    Schubert: Lieder / Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau [21 CDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001431302 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Gerald Moore
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    Summertime
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Gabriel Fauré,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Felicity Lott
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    Schubert: Schwanengesang, 7 Lieder / Fischer-Dieskau, Moore
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415188 Release Date: 04/22/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
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  • 33.
    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 85th Birthday - The Great EMI Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 56352 Release Date: 04/06/2010   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Hugo Wolf,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
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  • 34.
    Sehnsucht / Csillag, Ruiten, The Gents
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 30109 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Richard Strauss,  Julius Röntgen,  Hugo Wolf  ... 
    Performer:  Lenneke Ruiten,  Thom Janssen
    Conductor:  Béni Csillag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents
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  • 35.
    Songs By Schubert, Wolf, Faure, Ravel / Keenlyside, Martineau
    Label: Wigmore Hall Live   Catalog: 31 Release Date: 09/15/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Fauré,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Hugo Wolf  ... 
    Performer:  Malcolm Martineau,  Simon Keenlyside
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  • 36.
    The Quiristers Of Winchester College Sing Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart & Schubert
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84507 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Francis Brett,  Robert Bottone,  Edward Evershed,  William Gibb  ... 
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  • 37.
    Schwetzinger Festspielreihe - Liederabend 1965 / Fritz Wunderlich, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93701 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen
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  • 38.
    Schubert: Lieder / Gérard Souzay, Dalton Baldwin
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422418 Release Date: 01/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gérard Souzay,  Dalton Baldwin
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  • 39.
    A New Beginning
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637226564 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Blaine Lee,  Freya Wardlaw-Bailey,  Joel Stamoolis,  Naomi Stamoolis
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    Schubert: Lieder / Sharon Rostofr-Zamir, Daniel Gortler
    Label: Roméo Records   Catalog: 7265 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Daniel Gortler,  Sharon Rostorf-Zamir
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  • 41.
    Vocal Series - Jussi Björling At Carnegie Hall
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60520 Release Date: 06/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Frederick Schauwecker,  Jussi Björling
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  • 42.
    Victňria Dels Angels Al Palau De La Música Catalana
    Label: Columna Musica   Catalog: 175 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Traditional,  Georges Bizet,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Manuel García Morante
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  • 43.
    Schubert, Schumann: Lieder / Hermann Prey, Karl Engel
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436203 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Karl Engel
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  • 44.
    Mozart, Schubert, Wolf: Lieder / Schwarzkopf, Et Al
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 325 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Gerald Moore,  Edwin Fischer,  Walter Gieseking
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  • 45.
    Grand Prix - An Die Musik - Favorite Schubert Songs / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000874902 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Malcolm Martineau,  Bryn Terfel
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  • 46.
    A Garland Of The Elizabethan / Clerks Of Christ Church
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 47 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Richard Pantcheff,  Francis Poulenc,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  William Gaunt,  Angus Wilson,  Brian Chapman,  Adrian Lowe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clerks of Christ Church
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  • 47.
    Schubert: Lieder / Fischer-Dieskau, Moore
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000507702 Release Date: 12/13/2005   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
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  • 48.
    Schubert: The Complete Songs
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44201/40 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ludwig Berger  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Christine Schäfer,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers,  London Schubert Chorale,  New Company Singers
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  • 49.
    Original Masters - The Art Of Fritz Wunderlich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000480702 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Hübsch,,  Traditional,  Osman Perez Freire  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hermann Prey,  Hubert Giesen,  Ingeborg Hallstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Carste,  Kurt Eichhorn,  Robert Stolz,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Die Spilar-Schrammeln (salon orchestra)  ... 
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  • 50.
    Fischer-Dieskau - Salzburger Liederabende 1956-1965
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 339050 Release Date: 05/06/2005   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Gerald Moore,  Erik Werba,  Irmgard Seefried
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