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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
Deutsche Motette - German Romantic Choral Music from Schubert to Strauss
Release Date: 08/13/2013   Label: Delphian  
Catalog: 34124   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: Winterreise / Gerald Finley, Julius Drake
Release Date: 03/11/2014   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 68034   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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Schubert: Octet / The Gaudier Ensemble
Release Date: 11/12/2013   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55460   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Impromptu no 3 in G flat major

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  • 51.
    Touch Your Soul
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1275 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Elfrun Gabriel,  Andreas Pistorius,  Dieter Zechlin,  Renate Schorler  ... 
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  • 52.
    Piano Moods - A Collection of Romantic Melodies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000872602 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lazar Berman  ... 
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  • 53.
    Recital / Adriel Gomez-mansur
    Label: Avanti Classic   Catalog: 1025 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Alexander Scriabin,  Robert Schumann,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Adriel Gomez-Mansur
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  • 54.
    Ultimate Piano Classics - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000766402 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Rhondda Gillespie,  Julius Katchen,  András Schiff  ... 
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  • 55.
    Elenea Bezprozvannykh Plays Chopin, Rachmaninov, Brahms
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98761 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Alfred Gruenfeld,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Elenea Bezprozvannykh
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  • 56.
    Schubert To Bartok / Stephen G. Szirmai
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 3273 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Szirmai,  Stephen G. Szirmai
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  • 57.
    Schubert: Impromptus, Moments Musicaux
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 92100 Release Date: 04/04/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Martijn van den Hoek,  Folke Nauta,  Pieter van Winkel
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  • 58.
    Sileo - Music Of Serenity - Schubert, Barber, Brahms, Et Al
    Label: Art   Catalog: 8285 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Samuel Barber,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Sebastian Knauer,  Jan Vogler,  Peter Rösel,  Renate Schorler  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Sanderling,  Kurt Sanderling,  Heinz Bongartz,  Rolf Kleinert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Gaia Scienza,  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 59.
    Gaubert: Complete Works For Flute Vol 3 / Smith, Pinkas
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557307 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philippe Gaubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  André Campra,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Performer:  Fenwick Smith,  Sally Pinkas
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  • 60.
    Flute Et Cordes /  Ensemble Obligat
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 86069 Release Date: 01/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Domenico Scarlatti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Obligat
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  • 61.
    Schubert: Impromptus / Chaio Ying Chang
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 92514 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Chiao-Ying Chang
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  • 62.
    Breathe - The Relaxing Piano
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80652 Release Date: 08/23/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Ennio Morricone,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Chertock,  André Arpino,  Vincent Charbonnier,  Jacques Loussier  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  David Zinman,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jacques Loussier Trio,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 63.
    Chopin, Ravel, Schubert: Piano Works / Dong-Hyek Lim
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67933 Release Date: 08/23/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Maurice Ravel,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dong-Hyek Lim
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  • 64.
    Only / Julian Lawrence Gargiulo
    Label: Julian Lawrence Gargiulo   Catalog: 5637344090 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Lawrence Gargiulo
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  • 65.
    Original Masters - Clifford Curzon Vol 3
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000490902 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon,  Martin Lovett,  Peter Schidlof,  Norbert Brainin
    Conductor:  Sir Henry Wood,  Boyd Neel,  Enrique Jorda,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queen's Hall Orchestra,  Amadeus String Quartet members,  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.  ... 
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  • 66.
    Essential Piano - The Ultimate Piano Collection
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000397202 Release Date: 02/14/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  András Schiff,  Zoltán Kocsis,  Radu Lupu  ... 
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart,  Sir Colin Davis,  Lorin Maazel,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 67.
    Ageless Piano Classics Volume 1 / Marjorie Bliese Gluckstein
    Label: Marjorie Bliese Gluckstein   Catalog: 5637311004 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Marjorie Bliese Gluckstein
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  • 68.
    Julie Cheek - Classical Favorites
    Label: Lml Music   Catalog: 181 Release Date: 09/07/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Julie Cheek
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  • 69.
    Expanded Edition - Vladimir Horowitz - A Reminiscence
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 92742 Release Date: 08/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Franz Schubert,  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 70.
    Besançon Recital, 1950 / Dinu Lipatti
    Label: Emi Great Artists Of The Century   Catalog: 62820 Release Date: 03/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti
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  • 71.
    Artist Portrait - Maria-joao Pires
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 49141 Release Date: 03/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan,  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
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  • 72.
    Expanded Edition - Vladimir Horowitz - Favorite Encores
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 93075 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Vladimir Horowitz,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 73.
    In The Hands Of The Master / Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 93039 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Robert Schumann,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 74.
    Schubert: Impromptus;  Beethoven: Sonatas / Horowitz
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 90433 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 75.
    Dreams Of Love - Chopin, Schubert, Et Al / Morton Estrin
    Label: Connoisseur Society   Catalog: 4238 Release Date: 08/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Heller,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Morton Estrin
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