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: Piano Sonatas in A Major & A Minor,
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Dux Records  
Catalog: 930   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Symphony No 8; Brahms: Symphony No 3 / Davis
Release Date: 04/26/2011   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 8043   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Winterreise / Gerald Finley, Julius Drake
Release Date: 03/11/2014   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 68034   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven:
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Idi  
Catalog: 6678   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Works For Solo Piano, Vol. 1 / Barry Douglas
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10807   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Schwanengesang: Ständchen (Serenade)

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  • 101.
    The Very Best of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75922 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  James McCracken,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Jacques Neilz  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Alberto Erede,  Rafael Kubelik,  Sir Philip Ledger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 102.
    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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  • 103.
    Schubert For Two / Gil Shaham, Göran Söllscher
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471568 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Göran Söllscher,  Gil Shaham
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  • 104.
    Schubert: Lieder
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474173 Release Date: 02/03/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
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  • 105.
    The Complete César Vezzani Vol 1 - Odeon Recordings 1912-14
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52034 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Ernest Reyer,  Jacques Halévy,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  César Vezzani,  Paul Payan,  Alfred Maguenat,  Eliane Peltier
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  • 106.
    Early 19th Century Guitar Music: Legnani: Caprices For Guitar; Schubert - Mertz / Smits
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 21146 Release Date: 06/18/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Legnani,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Raphaëlla Smits
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  • 107.
    Night Music 17 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556617 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Gioachino Rossini,  Georges Bizet,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Raimund Havenith,  Maria Kliegel,  Nora Mercz,  János Bálint  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek,  John Georgiadis,  Mátyás Antal,  György Lehel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schubert Ensemble of Budapest,  Budapest Rossini Ensemble,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 108.
    Dazzle And Nostalgia - Cello Favorites / Hanani, Levin
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 3072 Release Date: 07/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Vittorio Monti,  Fritz Kreisler,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Yehuda Hanani,  Michelle Levin
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  • 109.
    Royal Strings / Charles Rosekrans, Royal PO
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80562 Release Date: 05/22/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Christine Jackson,  Clio Gould
    Conductor:  Charles Rosekranz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 110.
    Schubert: Schwanengesang, Lieder / Fischer-Dieskau, Moore
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 67559 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
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  • 111.
    Violin Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467675 Release Date: 03/20/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Midori,  Akiko Suwanai,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Sir Neville Marriner,  John Mauceri,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 112.
    Lost Feuermann - The Japanese Recordings 1934 & 1936
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1075 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Kosaku Yamada,  Giuseppe Valentini,  W.T. Wrighton  ... 
    Performer:  Emanuel Feuermann,  Fritz Kitzinger,  Wolfgang Rebner
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 113.
    Hans Hotter - Lieder Recital - Schubert, Schumann, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1198 Release Date: 12/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Hans Pfitzner,  Richard Strauss,  Carl Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Hans Hotter
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  • 114.
    Flute For Relaxation - James Galway
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63711 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Traditional,  John Corigliano,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Kazuhide Isomura,  Sadao Harada,  Kikuei Ikeda  ... 
    Conductor:  David Effron,  James Galway,  Charles Gerhardt,  David Measham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet members,  The Chieftains,  National Philharmonic Orchestra London  ... 
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  • 115.
    Heinrich Schlusnus - The Rare Swiss Recordings
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90401 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Toubert,  S.H. Eyssen,  Hugo Wolf,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Sebastian Peschko,  Heinrich Schlusnus
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  • 116.
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 220 Release Date: 05/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Kaufman,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Traditional,  Alexander Tekeliev  ... 
    Performer:  Detelina Ivanova,  Petja Petrova,  Blagovesta Mekki,  Milena Ognyanova  ... 
    Conductor:  Hristo Nedyalkov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bulgarian National Radio Children's Choir,  Bulgarian National Radio Light Music Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Marian Anderson - Songs By Schubert & Schumann
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63575 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Marian Anderson,  Franz Rupp
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  • 118.
    Frühlingslieder / Donna Brown, Stéphane Lemelin
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2165 Release Date: 02/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel,  Hugo Wolf,  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Donna Brown,  Stéphane Lemelin,  Donna Brown
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  • 119.
    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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  • 120.
    Wayfaring Stranger / Susanne Mentzer, Sharon Isbin
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 23419 Release Date: 10/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Traditional,  Franz Schubert,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
    Performer:  Susanne Mentzer,  Sharon Isbin
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  • 121.
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 902470 Release Date: 08/18/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Umberto Giordano,  Agustín Lara,  Domingo, Placido, Jr.,  Lucio Dalla  ... 
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  • 122.
    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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  • 123.
    James Galway - Meditations
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 37731 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Marisa Robles,  Christopher O'Riley,  Phillip Moll
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata,  James Galway,  Charles Gerhardt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Irish Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 124.
    My World / Angela Gheorghiu
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458360 Release Date: 04/07/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Nicholas Brodszky  ... 
    Performer:  Malcolm Martineau,  Angela Gheorghiu
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  • 125.
    Legendary Treasures - Segovia And His Contemporaries Vol 3
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7709 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Dominici,,  Karl Friessnegg  ... 
    Performer:  Luise Walker,  Andrés Segovia
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