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Franz Schubert


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
Sir Colin Davis conducts Schubert
Release Date: 11/13/2015   Label: Rca  
Catalog: 88875127062   Number of Discs: 4
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Schubert: Impromptus, D935; Piano Pieces, D946; Huttenbrenner Variations, D576 / Osborne
Release Date: 10/09/2015   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 68107   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Quintet in C; Schumann: Piano Quintet in E / Levine, Harrell, Lasalle Quartet
Release Date: 11/13/2015   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186227   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Piano Trio In Bb Major, Etc / The Florestan Trio
Release Date: 12/11/2001   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67273   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Death And The Maiden / Takacs Quartet
Release Date: 11/14/2006   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67585   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Moment musical no 3 in F minor

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  • 26.
    Dinner Classics
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 9063 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Anton Rubinstein,  Edvard Grieg,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  János Bálint,  Deborah Sipkai,  Dénes Várjon  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Bánfalvi,  Janos Kovács,  Emil Tabakov,  Pavel Urbanek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
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  • 27.
    Sunday Morning With Classical Strings
    Label: Shadow Mountain   Catalog: 5044703 Release Date: 12/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Christian Bach,  Franz Schubert,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hein,  Friedemann Riehle
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  • 28.
    Classical Wellness
    Label: Music & Melody   Catalog: 5002 Release Date: 12/03/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Claude Debussy,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Lelkes,  Iwan Czerkow,  Dubravka Tomsic,  Marian Pivka  ... 
    Conductor:  Leone Magiera,  Eugen Duvier,  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Libor Pesek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Quartet
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  • 29.
    Horowitz - The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001491202 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Easy-listening Piano Classics: Schubert
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578099-101 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Zsuzsa Kollár,  Oxana Yablonskaya,  Sequeira Costa  ... 
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  • 31.
    Petites Fleurs - Klavierminiaturen / Susanne Lang
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 780 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Leos Janácek  ... 
    Performer:  Susanne Lang
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  • 32.
    50 Best Piano
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57540 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  André Watts,  Stanislav Bunin,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Wayne Marshall,  Leonard Bernstein,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  David Zinman  ... 
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  • 33.
    Label: Caprice   Catalog: 21725 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  György Kurtág,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Fredrik Ullén
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  • 34.
    In Thee Is Gladness
    Label: Exultate   Catalog: 5637583714 Release Date: 12/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Knut Nystedt,  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Gabrielsen
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  • 35.
    Classical Prep School - Essential Music
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80749 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Richard Wagner,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  John O'Conor,  James Van Demark,  Rudolf Serkin,  Michael Chertock  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Bishop,  Yoel Levi,  Erich Kunzel,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Cincinnati Pops,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 36.
    Label: Dal Segno   Catalog: 27 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Richard Strauss  ... 
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  • 37.
    Harold Bauer - The Complete Recordings
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 7302 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Harold Bauer
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  • 38.
    Kreisler: Violin Music / Oscar Schumsky, Milton Kaye, William Wolfram
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2529 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Milton Kaye,  Oscar Shumsky,  William Wolfram
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  • 39.
    Schubert, Debussy: Solo Piano Works / Maureen Volk
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2913 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Maureen Volk
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  • 40.
    A Piano Odyssey - Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, Chopin, Bartok, Etc / Trevor Barnard
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 24125 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Sculthorpe,  Felix Werder,  Tim Dargaville,  Michael Bertram  ... 
    Performer:  Trevor Barnard
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  • 41.
    Horowitz In Hamburg - The Last Concert
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001145802 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 42.
    My Piano Lesson
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184392 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Norman Shetler,  Dieter Zechlin,  Peter Rösel,  Cécile Ousset  ... 
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  • 43.
    Classical Essentials - Cello Essentials - Bach, Bartok, De Falla, Debussy, Etc / Starker, Iwasaki, Neriki
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17686 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Manuel de Falla,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Shuku Iwasaki,  János Starker,  Shigeo Neriki
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  • 44.
    Stokowski Encores
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 433876 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Igor Stravinsky,  Claude Debussy,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 45.
    Shura Cherkassky Live Vol 1 - Chopin, Schubert...
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433653 Release Date: 08/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Anton Rubinstein  ... 
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
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  • 46.
    The Complete Leopold Godowsky Vol. 3
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 53008 Release Date: 02/12/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leopold Godowsky,  Franz Schubert,  Isaac Albeniz,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels,  Shura Cherkassky,  Leff Pouishnoff,  Wilhelm Backhaus  ... 
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  • 47.
    Nancy Garniez Plays Schubert & Dvorak
    Label: Tonal Refraction   Catalog: 5637414626 Release Date: 12/19/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Schubert
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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    Godowsky Edition Vol 5 - Transcriptions, Etc / Carlo Grante
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1189 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Leopold Godowsky,  Benjamin Godard,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Carlo Grante
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  • 50.
    Schubert: Piano Sonatas 9, 11, Moments Musicaux
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1115 Release Date: 10/11/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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