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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 Late Piano Sonatas / Paul Lewis
Release Date: 05/13/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902165   Number of Discs: 2
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Schubert: Winterreise / Goerne, Eschenbach
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902107   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin / Fischer-Dieskau, Schiff
Release Date: 10/30/2012   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 107269   Number of Discs: 1
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Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica Play Schubert
Release Date: 02/24/2009   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 3072238   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert Edition
Release Date: 10/28/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94870   Number of Discs: 69
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    Victoria De Los Angeles Live In Tokyo
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 18 Release Date: 11/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rafael Calleja,  Georges Bizet,  Blas de Laserna,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Manuel Garcia-Morante
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    Charles Hackett
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 51005 Release Date: 09/08/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Jerome Kern,  Wilmott,,  Josephine McGill  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Francis Hackett,  Riccardo Stracciari,  Maria Barrientos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 78.
    Lieder Von Franz Schubert In Historischen Aufnahmen
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89231 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Coenraad Bos,  Elena Gerhardt,  Franz Rupp,  Rosette Anday  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lasowski String Quartet
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  • 79.
    Schubert: Lieder Vol 1 / Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56347 Release Date: 07/14/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Ian Bostridge,  Julius Drake
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    The Artist's Album / Anne Sofie Von Otter
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457688 Release Date: 04/14/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gustav Mahler,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Mirella Freni,  Paul Goodwin,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Trevor Pinnock,  Marc Minkowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Opera House and Museum Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Schubert: Lieder / Anne Sofie Von Otter, Bengt Forsberg
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453481 Release Date: 11/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Bengt Forsberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Chorus members
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  • 82.
    Schumann: Dichterliebe; Etc / Wunderlich, Giesen
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 449747 Release Date: 08/12/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Hubert Giesen,  Fritz Wunderlich
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  • 83.
    The 30 Tenors
    Label: Symposium   Catalog: 1209 Release Date: 02/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Jacques Offenbach,  Friedrich von Flotow  ... 
    Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge,  Tom Burke,  Jussi Björling,  Joseph Schmidt  ... 
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  • 84.
    Schubert: Lieder / Monica Groop, Rudolf Jansen
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 886 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Rudolf Jansen,  Monica Groop
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  • 85.
    Schubert: Lieder / Janet Baker
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 69389 Release Date: 09/10/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  Gerald Moore,  Geoffrey Parsons
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  • 86.
    Fritz Wunderlich - Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann / Giesen
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 432961 Release Date: 07/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Hubert Giesen,  Fritz Wunderlich
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  • 87.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Karl Erb Lieder Album Volume 1
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89208 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Hermann Zilcher  ... 
    Performer:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Karl Erb
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  • 88.
    An Die Musik - Favorite Schubert Songs / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445294 Release Date: 09/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Malcolm Martineau
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  • 89.
    Prima Voce - Bjorling Vol 2
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7842 Release Date: 05/02/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Sjöberg,  Karl Millöcker,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Hjördis Schymberg,  Harry Ebert
    Conductor:  Nils Grevillius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Label: Kontrapunkt   Catalog: 32052 Release Date: 09/17/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Bernhard Flies,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Henrik Metz,  Helle Hinz
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  • 91.
    Fritz Wunderlich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435145 Release Date: 04/14/1992   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Robert Stolz,  Ludwig Schmidseder,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen,  Erika Köth  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn,  Robert Stolz,  Franz Josef Breuer,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra  ... 
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  • 92.
    Ave Maria - Schubert: Lieder / Elly Ameling, Dalton Baldwin
    Label: Philips Silverline Classics   Catalog: 420870 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elly Ameling,  Dalton Baldwin
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  • 93.
    Schubert: 22 Lieder / Dietrich Fischer-dieskau, Gerald Moore
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431085 Release Date: 09/03/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Gerald Moore
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  • 94.
    Label: Living Era   Catalog: 5155 Release Date: 04/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Manuel de Falla,  Joaquin Valverde,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Joan Hammond,  Conchita Supervia,  Andrés Segovia  ... 
    Conductor:  Nils Grevillius,  Leslie Heward,  Gustav Cloëz,  Otto Dobrindt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Rosario Bourdon
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