Franz Schubert, classical music composer

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Franz Schubert

Biography

Franz Schubert was born on January 31, 1797 in Vienna. His father, Franz Theodor, was a schoolmaster of a well attended school in Vienna's 9th district. Though he had no formal training in music, Franz Theodor did teach his son the basics of music, as well as the violin. Schubert learned piano from his brother Ignaz and later studied with a local church organist and choirmaster.

In 1804, Schubert came to the attention of Antonio Salieri, Vienna's leading musical authority, and he was admitted to the Stadtkonvikt on a choir scholarship. Here Schubert was introduced to the music of Mozart and, more importantly, the songs of Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg. Schubert became vastly interested in Zumsteeg's Lieder and remarked that he "wanted to modernize" the German Lied. During his time at the Stadtkonvikt, Schubert's talents in composition began to show and Salieri soon took it upon himself to train him privately in composition and theory.

Towards the end of 1813, Schubert left the Stadtkonvikt and in 1814 became a teacher at his father's school. However, he still continued his composition lessons with Salieri until they parted ways in 1817. Though teaching in his father's school provided him with income, Schubert was indifferent to the profession. In 1816, accepting the invitation of a friend to move in with his family, Schubert left his post as teacher.

In the years following 1816, Schubert developed a close circle of friends who provided much of his support. The most prominent of these was Johann Michael Vogl, a prominent baritone, and later the recipient of many of Schubert's Lieder. Though Schubert enjoyed some public success during his lifetime, much of music did not travel far beyond this circle of friends. Many of them promoted Schubert's music in Vienna's musical circles and after his death, collected and preserved it. In 1820, however, Schubert and four of his friends were arrested by the Austrian secret police, who were unwarrantably suspicious of any kind of student gatherings. One friend was imprisoned for over a year while Schubert and the others were severely reprimanded.

The year 1819 marks the beginning of Schubert's maturity as a composer and many of his most well-known works came in the succeeding years. Despite this, publishers were hesitant to publish his compositions. During this time, Schubert also began his troubled relationship with the stage. Though he produced several operas, and a couple were even given performances, for one reason or another Schubert's operatic attempts were more or less failures.

Though Schubert's creative activity increased throughout the 1820s, he gradually fell ill. During the summer of 1828, he visited the court physician who possibly confirmed Schubert's terminal illness. His conditioned worsened after that and he died on November 19, 1828. The last musical work he wished to hear was Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor and he was later buried next to the great master, by his own request, whom he had greatly revered.


Composer Title Date Action
Franz Schubert Three Piano Pieces (Drei Klavierstücke), D. 946 01/27/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Trio for Piano and Strings No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op.99, D.898 02/26/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert String Quartet No. 12 in c minor, D. 703 “Quartettsatz” 02/18/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960, Op. post. 01/19/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Allegro in a minor (Lebensstürme), D 947 01/25/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Introduction and Variations on a theme from Müllerlieder op. 25, Op. 160 01/25/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Variation on an Original Theme in A-Flat Major, Op. 35, D813 01/19/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 30, D617 01/20/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Ungarische Melody, D. 817 01/22/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Serenade from Schwanengesang 01/12/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Six German Dances, D. 820 01/17/2010 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Sonata in A minor D. 821 (Arpeggione) 04/15/2010 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Fantasy in f minor, Op. 103 01/27/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Sonata in A minor D. 821 (Arpeggione) 07/20/2010 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Erlkönig (arr. Liszt) 05/29/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Sonata in A Major, Op. 120 01/08/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Sonata in A Major, Op. 120 01/14/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Fantasy in C major, D. 760 (Op. 15), "Wanderer" 04/28/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Fantasy in C major, D. 760 (Op. 15), "Wanderer" 08/29/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Fantasy in C major, D. 760 (Op. 15), "Wanderer" 12/20/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Ave Maria 02/21/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Der Lindenbaum, Lieder for Flute and Piano 01/11/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Güte Nacht, Lieder for Flute and Piano 01/15/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959 03/29/2010 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959 01/12/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert From "Schwanengesang," Abschied (Farewell) 01/19/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert From "Schwanengesang," Aufenthalt (My Abode) 01/21/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Der Leiermann (Winterreise) 06/11/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert From "Schwanengesang," Fischermädchen (The Fisher Girl) 01/16/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Das Fischermädchen 01/24/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Fantasy in f minor, D. 940 01/21/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Fantasy in f minor, D. 940 07/19/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Fantasy in f minor, D. 940 11/24/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Gretchen am Spinnrade (tr. Liszt) 02/10/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 No. 1 in c minor, D. 899 05/07/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 No. 2 in E-flat Major, D. 899 01/26/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Standchen 01/27/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Standchen, Lieder for Flute and Piano 01/14/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Moment musical No. 3 (arr. Leopold Godowsky) 04/20/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Impromptu no 3 in G flat major, D 899/Op. 90 09/08/2010 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3 in G-flat Major, D. 899 01/20/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3 in G-flat Major, D. 899 01/10/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Impromptu Op.90 No.4 01/02/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Sonata in A minor D. 821 (Arpeggione) 02/27/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Sonata in A minor D. 821 (Arpeggione) 08/06/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert String Quartet No. 12 in c minor, D. 703 “Quartettsatz” 03/16/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert String Quartet No. 12 in c minor, D. 703 “Quartettsatz” 03/21/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Am Flusse 01/09/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert An die Laute 01/23/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Das Lied im Grünen 01/25/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Der Einsame 01/16/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Der Geistertanz 01/17/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Der Liebliche Stern 01/27/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Die Nachtigall 11/14/2010 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Die Forelle (arr. Liszt) 05/29/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Du bist die Ruh 03/24/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Fischerlied 01/16/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Frühlingsglaube (arr. Liszt) 05/29/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Heidenröslein, D. 257 05/02/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Heimliches Lieben, D. 922 05/02/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Im Frühling, D. 882 05/02/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Jägers Abendlied 11/14/2010 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Konzertstuck D.345 01/22/2010 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Lachen und Weinen, D. 777 05/02/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Lied des gefangenen Jägers 01/19/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Moment musicale in F minor Op.94 No.3 03/15/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Moment musicale op. 94:2 A flat major 03/21/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Impromptu op. 90:3 03/21/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Sonata A major, 2nd movement 03/21/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Impromptu op. 90:4 03/21/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Impromptu op. 90:2 03/21/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Impromptu No. 3 in C, Op. Posth., D.946 03/22/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Impromptu No. 2 in E-flat, Op. Posth. D.946 03/22/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Fischerweise 01/21/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Suleika I, D. 720 05/02/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Schäfers Klagelied 11/15/2010 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Lied ein Schiffers an die Dioskuren 09/06/2010 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Introduction and Variation on the theme Trockne Blumen 01/11/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Rondo in A Major D438 for violin and string orchestra 12/07/2010 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Uber Wildemann 03/27/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Wanderers Nachtlied 01/25/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Heiss mich nicht reden no. 2, from Mignon Lieder, D. 877 02/28/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Notturno 10/01/2010 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt, from Mignon Lieder, D. 877 02/28/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert So lasst mich scheinen, from Mignon Lieder, D. 877 02/28/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert An die Musik 01/27/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Fantasy in C major, D. 760 (Op. 15), "Wanderer" 10/03/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, D. 804, “Rosamunde,” Op. 29 10/25/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Des Sängers Habe 01/18/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Der Wanderer an den Mond 01/13/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Der Schiffer 01/10/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Gretchen am Spinnrade, D. 118 11/05/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Impromptu D 899 No 1 in C minor Allegro molto moderato 11/09/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Fantasy in f minor, D. 940 11/10/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Sonatina No. 2 for Violin and Piano in A Minor, D. 385 12/01/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Sonata in A minor D. 821 (Arpeggione) 12/08/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert String Quartet in D Minor, "Death and the Maiden," D. 810 12/08/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Trio for Piano and Strings No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op.99, D.898 12/05/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 No. 2 in E-flat Major, D. 899 12/26/2011 Play
Franz Schubert Sonatina No. 3 for Violin and Piano in g minor, D. 408 01/11/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, D. 804, “Rosamunde,” Op. 29 09/27/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Quartet No. 13 in A Minor ("Rosamunde") 1-st mov. "Filarmonica"-quartet 03/18/2012 Play
Franz Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3 in G-flat Major, D. 899 04/04/2012 Play
Franz Schubert Piano Sonata D. 960 - Andante con moto 04/04/2012 Play
Franz Schubert Impromptu Op.90 No.4 D. 899 04/05/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Der Wanderer 04/30/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Sonata in F-sharp minor, D. 571 05/29/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Gretchen am Spinnrade 05/29/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Aufenthalt 05/29/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Ständchen von Shakespeare 05/29/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Sonata per pianoforte in la minore D 537 09/28/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Sonata in A minor D. 821 (Arpeggione) 10/07/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Fantasy in f minor, D. 940 10/13/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert String Quartet in D Minor, "Death and the Maiden," D. 810 10/24/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Rondo in A Major, D. 951 11/20/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Impromptu in A-flat major, op. 142 posth., no. 2 03/21/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Moment musicaux, D. 780 No. 2 09/30/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Sonata in c minor, D. 958 10/18/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Adagio, from String Quintet in C Major, D. 956 11/17/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Allegro ma non troppo, from String Quintet in C Major, D. 956 11/17/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert String Quintet in C Major, D. 956 12/07/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Adagio, from String Quintet in C Major, D. 956 01/30/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert String Quintet in C Major, D. 956 01/30/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Du bist die Ruh, Op. 59, No. 3 12/04/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Ständchen, arr. for cello and piano 12/07/2012 Play
Franz Schubert Piano Sonata D. 784 - Mvt 2 12/24/2011 Play
Franz Schubert Piano Sonata D. 784 - Mvt 3 12/24/2011 Play
Franz Schubert Piano Sonata D. 958, Finale: Allegro 04/11/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Piano sonata in c minor, D. 958 04/16/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Piano sonata D. 958 - 1.Allegro 04/05/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Piano Sonata D. 894 -III° Mov 04/04/2012 Play
Franz Schubert Rondo, Op. 53 02/21/2009 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Piano Sonata D. 664 04/05/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Gretchens Bitte, D. 564 11/05/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Szene aus Goethes Faust, D. 126 11/05/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Trio for Piano and Strings No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op.99, D.898 01/15/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert String Quartet in D Minor, "Death and the Maiden," D. 810 09/27/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887 01/15/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Das Wandern, from Die schöne Müllerin, D. 795 01/20/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Wohin?, from Die schöne Müllerin, D. 795 01/20/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Halt?, Die schöne Müllerin, D. 795 01/20/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Danksagung an den Bach, Die schöne Müllerin, D. 795 01/20/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Am Feierabend, from Die schöne Müllerin, D. 795 01/20/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Gute Nacht, from Winterreise 01/28/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Der Neugierige, from Die schöne Müllerin 01/28/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert An Die Musik, D. 547 01/28/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Introduction, Theme and Varaitions on "Trockne Blumen" 01/31/2013 Play
Franz Schubert Erlkönig 01/31/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Suleika I, D. 720 01/30/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Suleika II, op. 31, D. 717 01/30/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Da quel sembiante appresi, D.688, no. 3 09/29/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Mio ben ricordati, D.688, no. 4 09/29/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Non t'accostar all'urna, D.688, no.1 09/29/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Suleika I, D. 720 09/24/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Suleika II, op. 31, D. 717 09/24/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Der Atlas, from Schwanengesang, D. 957 01/20/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Das Fischermädchen, from Schwanengesang, D. 957 01/20/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Am Meer, from Schwanengesang, D. 957 01/20/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Der Doppelgänger, Schwanengesang, D. 957 01/20/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Ellens Gesang I, D. 837 11/10/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Ellens Gesang II, D. 838 11/10/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Fantasy in C major, D. 760 (Op. 15), "Wanderer" 03/21/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert German Dances, D. 783 04/18/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Der Leiermann, from Winterreise 07/20/2013 Play
Franz Schubert Piano Sonata in G Major, D. 894 07/27/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Twelve German Dances, Op. 171, D. 790 09/26/2013 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Piano Sonata in A minor, D. 784 12/01/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Arpeggione Sonata (I. Allegro Moderato) 01/02/2014 Play
Franz Schubert Duo in A Minor "Lebensstürme" D. 947 01/09/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Rondo in A Major, D. 951 01/09/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Andante con moto, from Piano Trio in E-flat Major, D. 929 02/01/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Piano Trio in E-flat Major, D. 929 02/01/2012 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Piano Trio in E-flat Major, D. 929 01/06/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Frühlingssehnsucht, from Schwanengesang 01/22/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Liebesbotschaft, from Schwanengesang 01/22/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Kriegers Ahnung, from Schwanengesang 01/22/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert In der Ferne 01/22/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Der Atlas, from Schwanengesang 01/22/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Ihr Bild, from Schwanengesang 01/22/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Das Fischermädchen, from Schwanengesang 01/22/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Die Stadt, from Schwanengesang 01/22/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Am Meer, from Schwanengesang 01/22/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Der Doppelgänger, Schwanengesang 01/22/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Die Taubenpost, from Schwanengesang 01/22/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Ständchen, from Schwanengesang 01/22/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Aufenthalt, from Schwanengesang 01/22/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Impromptu in F Minor, Op.142 No. 1 01/27/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Impromptu in F Minor, Op.142 No. 4 01/27/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Abschied, from Schwanengesang 01/31/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert In der Ferne, from Schwanengesang 01/31/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Schwanengesang 01/31/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Impromptu in B flat Major, D. 935, no. 3 04/13/2011 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Schubert Impromptu Op.90 no. 3 12/23/2011 Play
Franz Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 No. 1 in c minor, D. 899 04/03/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Impromptu in A-flat Major op. 90, no. 4, D. 899 04/04/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Arpeggione Sonata 07/23/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Fantasy in f minor, D. 940 10/02/2014 Play Add to playlist
Franz Schubert Wanderer Fantasy Opus 15 10/06/2014 Play
Franz Schubert String Quintet in C Major, D. 956 10/02/2014 Play Add to playlist