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 Quartet No 14
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Supraphon  
Catalog: 4110   Number of Discs: 2
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Schubert: Winterreise / Jonas Kaufmann
Release Date: 04/01/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 379563   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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Mitsuko Uchida Plays Schubert
Release Date: 03/15/2005   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 000410402   Number of Discs: 8
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Schubert: Trout Quintet, Rosamunde Quartet / Carney, O'Hora
Release Date: 01/11/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28930   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 51.
    Auf Dem Wasser Zu Singen: Respighi, Brahms, Haydn, Schubert
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 98836 Release Date: 09/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms
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  • 52.
    Genie Oblige! Franz Liszt - Origin Oeuvre & Legacy In Song
    Label: Wendy Waller (Soprano)   Catalog: 5637528325 Release Date: 09/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ingeborg Bronsart von Schellendof,  Felix Draeseke,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Wendy Waller,  Margaret Singer
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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    Honor! / Jessye Norman
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001266002 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Traditional,  Nina Simone,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Jessye Norman
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  • 55.
    Violin Encores / Markov, Cogan
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 517685 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Franz Schubert,  Henri Wieniawski,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Markov,  Dmitri Cogan
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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    Leise Flehen Meine Lieder
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 745113 Release Date: 01/20/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Bo [Baritone Vocal] Skovhus
    Conductor:  Stefan Vladar
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  • 58.
    Goethe - Willkommen und Abschied
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1759 Release Date: 10/25/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Hans Pfitzner,  Johann Friedrich Reichardt,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Schmidt,  Rudolf Jansen
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  • 59.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Marko Rothmüller
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89705 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Franz Schubert,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Marko Rothmüller,  Suzanne Gyr,  Franca Sacchi
    Conductor:  James Robertson,  Alberto Erede
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Greatest Works - Schubert / Schreier, Boskovsky, Lorenz, Auger, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184332 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Eric Schneider,  Christiane Oelze,  Peter Schreier,  Walter Olbertz  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier,  Willi Boskovsky,  Jörg-Peter Weigle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Berlin Radio Music School Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Schubert: Schwanengesang / Hermann Prey
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422243 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Karl Engel,  Hermann Prey,  Leonard Hokanson,  Gerald Moore
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  • 62.
    Schubert: Ballads, Songs, Romances / Widmer, Schultsz, Etc
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 12442 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Oliver Widmer,  Jan Schultsz
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  • 63.
    Gottlob Frick Vol 2 - Rossini, Nicolai, Verdi, Wagner
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 93452 Release Date: 06/17/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Albert Lortzing,  Otto Nicolai,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Gottlob Frick,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Ernst Krukowski,  Rudolf Schock  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter,  Karl Forster,  Otto Matzerath,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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  • 64.
    Jessye Norman - A Portrait
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001105909 Release Date: 04/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Traditional,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Jessye Norman
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  • 65.
    The Art Of Christa Ludwig
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17608 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Gioachino Rossini,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Gerald Moore,  Geoffrey Parsons,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer,  Herbert von Karajan,  Tullio Serafin,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 66.
    Schubert: 25 Lieder
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 756897 Release Date: 03/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
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  • 67.
    Schubert: Lieder / Lorenz, Shetler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8414 Release Date: 03/04/2008   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Norman Shetler,  Siegfried Lorenz
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  • 68.
    In My Element / Anne Sofie Van Otter
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 477707 Release Date: 03/03/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benny Andersson,  George Frideric Handel,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Fredrik Jonsson,  Magnus Persson,  Jörgen Stenberg,  David Björkman  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski,  John Eliot Gardiner,  James Levine,  Giuseppe Sinopoli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  English Baroque Soloists,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 69.
    Schubert: (15) Lieder
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 562896 Release Date: 01/13/2008  
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Gerald Moore,  Geoffrey Parsons,  Gervase de Peyer
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  • 70.
    Schubert Lied-Edition Vol 3
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 40028 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schumann,  Josef von Manowarda,  Ninon Vallin,  Feodor Chaliapin  ... 
    Conductor:  Piero Coppola
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Schubert Lied-Edition Vol 5
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 40030 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gerhard Hüsch,  Germaine Lubin,  Herbert Janssen,  Augusta Oltrabella  ... 
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  • 72.
    Schubert: Lieder / Fischer-dieskau, Weissenborn, Klust
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95583 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Günther Weissenborn,  Hertha Klust
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  • 73.
    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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  • 74.
    Elena Nikolaidi - Beethoven, Brahms Haydn, Mozart, Verdi, Et Al
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10169 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Elena Nikolaidi,  Jan Behr
    Conductor:  Fausto Cleva
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  • 75.
    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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