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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: Winterreise / Goerne, Eschenbach
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902107   Number of Discs: 1
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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: 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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  • 26.
    Schubert: Lieder /  Christoph Pregardien, Tilman Hoppstock
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77352 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Christoph Prégardien,  Tilman Hoppstock
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  • 27.
    150 German Folksongs / Prey, Schreier, Dresden Kreuzchor, Thomanerchor Leipzig
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 7106 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Friedrich Silcher,  Traditional,  Robert Franz  ... 
    Performer:  Konrad Ragossnig,  Peter Schreier,  Hermann Prey,  Geoffrey Parsons  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden,  Roland Buchner,  Jörg-Peter Weigle
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  • 28.
    Schumann: Dichterliebe; Schubert: Songs / Behle, Bjelland, Miles
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5086 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Daniel Behle,  Sveinung Bjelland,  Andy Miles
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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  • 29.
    The Very Best Of Dietrich Fischer-dieskau
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94768 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Hugo Wolf,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Sir John Barbirolli,  George Szell,  Philip Ledger
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  • 30.
    The Very Best Of Janet Baker
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94717 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Maurice Duruflé  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  Timothy Hugh,  John Butt,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Philip Ledger  ... 
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  • 31.
    Volkslieder, Vol. 3 - German Folk Songs
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83005 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  August Harder,  Anonymous,  Anton Wilhelm Florentin v,  Jens Trondle  ... 
    Performer:  Christiane Oelze,  Eric Schneider,  Juliane Ruf,  Angelika [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal] Kirchschlager  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus-Jürgen Etzold,  Carola Bischoff,  Markus Utz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wir Kinder vom Kleistpark,  Deitsch
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  • 32.
    Icon - Elisabeth Schumann - Silver Thread Of Song
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 18480 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann,  Karl Alwin,  George Reeves,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Leo Rosenek,  Bruno Reibold,  Karl Alwin,  Albert Coates  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Icon - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Perfect Prima Donna
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 18459 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  J. Edward Merret,  Harold Jackson,  Geraint Jones,  Manoug Parikian  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Gellhorn,  Otto Klemperer,  Thurston Dart,  Josef Krips  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 34.
    Schubert, Wolf: Lieder / Schwarzkopf, Furtwangler, Moore
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 826103 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Gerald Moore
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  • 35.
    Sophie Braslau & Richard Crooks - Recordings 1914-1929
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10038 Release Date: 11/22/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Gabriele Sibella,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Crooks,  Sophie Braslau,  Frances Alda
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  • 36.
    Schubert Lied-Edition Vol 2
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 40027 Release Date: 10/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Leo Slezak,  Meta Seinemeyer,  Heinrich Rehkemper,  Hans Duhan  ... 
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  • 37.
    Julia Culp - Lieder Recordings 1909-1926
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10061 Release Date: 10/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Charles Edward Horn,  Claude Debussy,  Hugo Wolf  ... 
    Performer:  Julia Culp,  Otto Bake
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  • 38.
    Schubert: Lieder
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 28598 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Lambert Orkis
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  • 39.
    Schubert: Lieder / Bonney, Parsons
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4680717 Release Date: 08/03/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Geoffrey Parsons
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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    Great Singers Of The 20th Century Vol. 1 - Benita Valente
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9316 Release Date: 12/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Benita Valente,  Richard Goode,  Harold Wright,  Rudolf Serkin
    Conductor:  David Effron,  Alexander Schneider
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Philharmonia,  Minneapolis Festival Concert Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Schubert: Lieder Vol 3 / Wolfgang Holzmair, Gerard Wyss
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 791 Release Date: 06/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Wolfgang Holzmair,  Gérard Wyss
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  • 46.
    Schubert: Schwanengesang / Daniel Lichti
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 9302 Release Date: 05/04/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Janina Fialkowska,  Daniel Lichti
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  • 47.
    The Frederic Meinders Transcriptions - Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mahler
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 671 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Frédéric Meinders
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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    Peter Schreier - From Boy Alto To Lyric Tenor
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 91412 Release Date: 10/25/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Heinrich Schütz,  Peter Cornelius,  Rudolf Mauersberger  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Otto,  Peter Schreier,  Anton Spieler,  Karl-Dietfried Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Mauersberger,  Otmar Suitner,  Bernhard Klee,  Siegfried Kurz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra members,  Dresden Kreuz Choir,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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