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: The Symphonies / Harnoncourt, Royal Concertgebouw
Release Date: 09/12/2005   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 4623232   Number of Discs: 4
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Schubert: Song Cycles / Nathalie Stutzmann [3-CD Set]
Release Date: 01/27/2015   Label: Erato  
Catalog: 623701   Number of Discs: 3
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Wilhelm Kempff: Complete Schubert Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 07/22/2016   Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: B002520202   Number of Discs: 9
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Jerome Rose Plays Schubert
Release Date: 07/01/2016   Label: Medici Classics  
Catalog: 30072  
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Schubert: Die Winterreise / West, Rose
Release Date: 07/01/2016   Label: Medici Classics  
Catalog: 30082  
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  • 51.
    Schubert Recital / Simon Keenlyside, Malcolm Martineau
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65234 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Simon Keenlyside,  Malcolm Martineau
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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    Schubert: Lieder / Arleen Auger, Lambert Orkis
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 59630 Release Date: 08/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Lambert Orkis,  Arleen Augér
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  • 54.
    Schubert: Favorite Lieder / Robert White, Graham Johnson
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 59650 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Robert White,  Graham Johnson
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  • 55.
    Mozart, Schubert, Wolf: Lieder / Schwarzkopf, Et Al
    Label: Urania Records   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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    Schubert: 25 Lieder / Bostridge, Drake
    Label: Emi Great Artists Of The Century   Catalog: 76852 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Julius Drake,  Ian Bostridge
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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    Gemini - Schubert: Lieder / Baker, Moore, Parsons
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 86251 Release Date: 02/15/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  Gerald Moore,  Geoffrey Parsons
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  • 64.
    Voice Of Firestone - Jussi Bjorling In Opera & Song
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2424 Release Date: 11/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Franz Schubert,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Anne-Lisa Björling
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  • 65.
    Schubert: Lieder / Elly Ameling, Dalton Baldwin
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186132 Release Date: 08/17/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dalton Baldwin,  Elly Ameling
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  • 66.
    Lieder Recital - Schubert, Mozart, Hüttenbrenner / Rubens, Gage
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93076 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Anselm Hüttenbrenner
    Performer:  Sibylla Rubens,  Irwin Gage
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    Schubert: 24 Lieder / Schwarzkopf, Fischer, Moore, Parsons
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 62773 Release Date: 04/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Gerald Moore,  Edwin Fischer,  Geoffrey Parsons
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  • 68.
    Deutsche Schubert-Lied-Edition 14 - European Poets Vol 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557026-27 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Ulrich Eisenlohr,  Wolf Matthias Friedrich,  Maya Boog
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  • 69.
    Schubert: Lieder With Orchestra / Abbado, Von Otter, Quasthoff
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471586 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Thomas Quasthoff
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 70.
    Of Ladies And Love... / Michael Schade, Malcolm Martineau
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67315 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Richard Strauss,  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Schade,  Malcolm Martineau
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  • 71.
    Schubert: Lieder / Arleen Auger, Lambert Orkis
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 61457 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Lambert Orkis,  Arleen Augér
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  • 72.
    Schubert: Lieder / Gabriele Fontana
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90484 Release Date: 05/28/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gabriele Fontana,  György Fischer,  Peter Schmidl
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  • 73.
    The Very Best Of Janet Baker
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75069 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Dame Janet Baker,  Cecil Aronowitz,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Sir Philip Ledger,  André Previn,  Sir Adrian Boult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra Chorus,  Hallé Orchestra,  Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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  • 74.
    Evelyn Lear - The Art Of The Recital
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1195 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Monro,  Stephen Sondheim,  Carl Zeller,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Evelyn Lear,  Martin Katz
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  • 75.
    Brahms, Schumann, Gatscha, Et Al: Lieder / Brooks, Hedlund
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 91069 Release Date: 11/28/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Gatscha
    Performer:  Ingrid Hedlund,  Robert Brooks
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