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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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Work: Schwanengesang: Ständchen (Serenade)

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  • 126.
    Wach Auf, Mein' Herzensschöne / Schreier, Ragossnig
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1054 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Konrad Ragossnig
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  • 127.
    Favourite Violin Encores / Arthur Grumiaux, István Hajdu
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 446560 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Zoltán Kodály,  Joseph-Hector Fiocco,  Antonín Dvorák,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  István Hajdu,  Arthur Grumiaux
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  • 128.
    The Times Of Day - Brahms, Et Al / Turtle Creek Chorale
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 67 Release Date: 10/09/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Biebl,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Melanie Sonnenberg,  Timothy Jenkins
    Conductor:  Timothy Seelig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra,  Turtle Creek Chorale,  Fort Worth Brass Ensemble
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  • 129.
    Stokowski Encores / Matthias Bamert, Bbc Philharmonic
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9349 Release Date: 04/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov,  Johann Mattheson,  John Philip Sousa,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Addinall
    Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 130.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Gerhard Hüsch
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89017 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Hanns Udo Müller,  Gerhard Hüsch,  Gerald Moore
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  • 131.
    Eleanor Steber In Concert (1956-58)
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1005 Release Date: 12/12/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Strauss,  Joseph Canteloube,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Biltcliffe,  Eleanor Steber
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  • 132.
    100 Fiedler Favorites
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 62698 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Stevie Wonder,  George Cory,  Jerry Herman  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Litwin,  Earl Wild,  Pasquale Cardillo,  Toni Noichl  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 133.
    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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  • 134.
    Schubert - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64069 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Julius Levine,  Joseph Roisman,  Mischa Schneider,  Boris Kroyt  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Weil,  George Szell,  Eugene Ormandy,  Milton Katims  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Classical Band,  Budapest String Quartet members,  Artis String Quartet  ... 
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  • 135.
    The Classical James Galway
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 57011 Release Date: 05/24/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Malcolm Proud,  Phillip Moll,  Kyung-Wha Chung  ... 
    Conductor:  James Galway,  Rudolf Baumgartner,  David Measham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Irish Chamber Orchestra,  I Solisti di Zagreb,  Lucerne Festival Strings  ... 
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  • 136.
    Virtuoso Cello Encores / Maria Kliegel, Raymund Havenith
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 223403 Release Date: 10/26/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Vieuxtemps,  George Gershwin,  Jacques Offenbach,  Siegfried Barchet  ... 
    Performer:  Raimund Havenith,  Maria Kliegel
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  • 137.
    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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  • 138.
    Lullaby / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60876 Release Date: 02/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Johannes Brahms,  Claude Debussy,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 139.
    The Romantic Violin Vol 2 / Arthur Grumiaux, István Hajdu
    Label: Philips Touch Of Classics   Catalog: 422283 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Niccolň Paganini,  Alessandro Parisotti,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  István Hajdu,  Arthur Grumiaux
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  • 140.
    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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  • 141.
    James Galway - Serenade
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60033 Release Date: 06/28/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Riccardo Drigo,  Gabriel Fauré,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Marisa Robles,  Ayako Shinozaki,  Kazuhito Yamashita  ... 
    Conductor:  James Galway,  Charles Gerhardt,  Charles Dutoit,  Hiroyuki Iwaki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 142.
    Ave Maria / Barbara Hendricks
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55280 Release Date: 01/01/1980  
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Erik Lundkvist,  Orphei Dränger,  Arne Wilhelmssohn  ... 
    Conductor:  Eric Ericson,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Michel Plasson,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra  ... 
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  • 143.
    Chor Leoni
    Label: Cypress (Canada)   Catalog: 0604 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Caplet,  Michael Head,  Pérotin,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Brett Polegato
    Conductor:  Diane Loomer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chor Leoni
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