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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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    Schubert /  Langlamet,  St. John, Prohaska, Quandt
    Label: Ancalagon   Catalog: 141 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Marie-Pierre Langlamet,  Lara St. John,  Anna Prohaska,  Ludwig Quandt
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    Maria Joao Pires - The Complete Erato Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 631065 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires,  Huseyin Sermet
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Armin Jordan,  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra,  Orchestre De Chambre De Lausanne  ... 
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  • 3.
    The Good, The Bad, And The Awkward
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4764898 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nino Rota,  Michael Nyman,  Erik Satie,  Philip Glass  ... 
    Performer:  Sally Whitwell,  Sally Herbert
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    Richter Plays Schubert Live [4-CD Set]
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 2231 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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    Piano / Myung-whun Chung
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 002054102 Release Date: 05/19/2014  
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Myung-Whun Chung
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    In Dance And Song / Tom Poster
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 75 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Edvard Grieg,  Béla Bartók,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Tom Poster
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    Irina Lankova Plays Schubert
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 56 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Irina Lankova
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  • 8.
    Steinway, The Beautiful
    Label: Fim (1st Impression)   Catalog: 87 Release Date: 11/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Yellow River Composers' C,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Todd Crow
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    BBC Legends - Great Recordings from the Archive
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5113 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Beryl Hatt,  Agnes Giebel,  Joyce Barker,  Kerstin Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein,  Yevgeny Mravinsky,  Arturo Toscanini,  Kiril Kondrashin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orpington Junior Singers,  Goldsmiths' Choral Union  ... 
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    Salut D'amour /  Matthew Jones, Annabel Thwaite
    Label: Sleeveless   Catalog: 1006 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Annabel Thwaite,  Matthew Jones
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  • 11.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 22327 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Nikolai Walter,  Vladimir Yampolsky,  Aleksander Dedjuchin
    Conductor:  Vaclav Talich
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  • 12.
    Piano Recital 1962 - Rameau, Couperin, Handel, Beethoven, Schubert / Wilhelm Kempff
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93720 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  François Couperin,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff
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  • 13.
    Amour - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 41562 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Spoken Word
    Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud
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    Label: Avalon Records   Catalog: 37873 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Jenkins,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Vena,  Jonathan Tortolano,  Mlao Xiao-qian,  Charles T. Cozens  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantin Krimetz,  Yuri Sazonoff
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    The Romantic Oboist / Ramon Ortega Quero, Kateryna Titova
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 12254 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Antonio Pasculli,  Theodore Lalliet  ... 
    Performer:  Ramon Ortega Quero,  Kateryna Titova
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    Clifford Curzon Edition - Complete Recordings [23 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001728400 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon,  Irmgard Seefried,  Horst Günther,  Julius Patzak  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch,  George Szell,  Benjamin Britten,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Solo Piano Works / Shura Cherkassky
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 17330 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Josef Hofmann  ... 
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
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    Deus Ex Clavier
    Label: Estonian Record Productions   Catalog: 3410 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Erkki-Sven Tüür,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Hando Nahkur
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  • 19.
    Masterpieces Of Piano
    Label: Domo Records   Catalog: 73179 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Fujiko Hemming
    Conductor:  Heiko Mathias Förster
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  • 20.
    Candle Night Classics
    Label: Intergroove   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Borodin,  Georges Bizet,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Andrei Ivanovich,  Aldona Dvarionaite,  Fou Ts'ong,  Elisso Bolkvadze  ... 
    Conductor:  Jansug Kakhidze,  Alexander Titov,  Pavel Bubelnikov,  Stanislav Gorkovenko  ... 
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  • 21.
    Mozart: 12 Variations On
    Label: Sospiro Records   Catalog: 64013 Release Date: 12/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Jason Paul Peterson
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  • 22.
    Best Schubert 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 80429 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elmar Schloter,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Alfredo Dallapozza,  Lucia Popp  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Herbert von Karajan,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    ME - On Wings Of Song / Konstantin Scherbakov
    Label: Twopianists (Label)   Catalog: 1039107 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Sigismund Thalberg,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
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  • 24.
    The Celebrated New York Concerts, Vol. 5
    Label: Cembal D'amour   Catalog: 158 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Mordecai Shehori
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  • 25.
    Brailowsky Plays Virtuoso Showpieces
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 68165 Release Date: 02/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Lyapunov  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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