FRANZ PETER SCHUBERT

January 31th 1797 --- November 19th 1828

Schubert, Franz Peter (1797-1828), Austrian composer, born Vienna. was the son of a schoolmaster who cultivated music in his household. He began to learn the piano and violin early, and received lessons from Michael Holzer at the age of 9, learning also the organ and counterpoint.

Admitted to the seminary for choristers in the imperial chapel in 1808, Schubert played the violin in the orchestra there, and sometimes conducted as deputy. At 13 he wrote a fantasy for pianoforte duet and sketched other works, and in 1811 composed his first song. He played the viola in the string quartet at home. His mother died in 1812, and the father married again in 1813, when Schubert wrote his first symphony, and left the seminary, continuing his studies under Salieri.

At 17 he became assistant teacher in his father's school, but disliked teaching; he wrote the song Margaret at the Spinning- Wheel from Goethe's Faust that year, and set to music the same poet's Erl King in 1815, also writing the G. major Mass, his second and third symphonies, and several dramatic pieces. In 1816 he left the school and joined his friend Schober in rooms, gathering a circle of literary and artistic rather than musical friends around him, and in 1817 meeting the singer Michael Vogl, who took a great interest in his songs and succeeded in getting his play with music, The Twin Brothers, produced in June 1820.

His reputation grew beyond his own circle, but publishers failed to recognise him until his friends had 20 songs publish at their own expense in 1821. He lived in Vienna all his life, except for some summer excursions and 2 visits to Hungary as domestic musician to the Esterhazy family in 1818 and 1824. He never held an official appointment and failed to stabilise his financial position, but earned enough to lead a modest if improvident and bohemian existence.

His industry was phenomenal, for although he died of typhoid at 31, he left more music than almost any other master. With his contemporary Beethoven, Schubert represents the classical school of Haydn and Mozart projected into the romantic period. His works include the operas Des Teufels Lustschloss, 1814, Alfonso and Estrella, 1821-2, Fierrabras, 1823, Die Verschworenen (Der hausliche Krieg), 1823; operettas Die Freunde von Salamanka, 1815, Fernando, 1815,DevvieuiiihrigePosten, 1815,Die Zwillingsbruder, 1819; melodrama Die Zauberharfe, 1820 and incidental music to Rosamunde, 1823.

His church music includes 6 masses; and his symphonies, sonatas, chamber music and over 600 songs, etc, all include works of the greatest importance and an unsurpassed melodic and harmonic beauty. His composition was consciously disciplined, though he was able also to write brilliant music of a superficial character, and to mould popular Viennese themes into his most solemn works. Schubert's work is always sincere, and this enabled him to achieve a purity and solemnity and rarity of style and mood which shows to perfection in his songs.

Last Updated on 29th March 2016
By Steven

And now for the Music

I like to thank CRM114 (That what he wants to be know as) for the following very nice crafted musicial piese, I will be adding some more over the coming weeks, I like to thank CRM114 for his donation of music files.

"Franz Schubert's Impromptu No1 D899.", donated & sequenced by CRM114.

"Franz Schubert's Marche Militaire Opus 51.", donated & sequenced by CRM114.

I like to thank Emily Gray for sequencing and donating the following piece, to contact Email (HappyMusician@opendiary.com">Emily Gray.

(2724) "5th Symphony in a four-hand piano arrangement". Donated and sequenced by Emily Gray.

I like to thank B.S. Lengton for sequencing and donating the following lovely pieces, to contact Email (mb.lengton.athelas@12move.nl">B.S. Lengton.

(2587) "Moments Musicaux, Opus 94" Mov.1. Donated and sequenced by B.S. Lengton.

(2588) "Moments Musicaux, Opus 94" Mov.2. Donated and sequenced by B.S. Lengton.

(2589) "Moments Musicaux, Opus 94" Mov.3. Donated and sequenced by B.S. Lengton.

(2590) "Moments Musicaux, Opus 94" Mov.4. Donated and sequenced by B.S. Lengton.

(2591) "Moments Musicaux, Opus 94" Mov.5. Donated and sequenced by B.S. Lengton.

I like to thank George Pollen for the following music, to contact George please (gpollen@polleng.freeserve.co.uk"> Click Here, or better still visit his Website here

(2397)"3rd Movement from - Octet in F. Opus.166 ", a really lovely piece. Donated & Sequenced by George Pollen, Large file please click here for pkunzip.exe Seq ?

(2083)"Symphony No.8" Sequenced by Moclin?

(2084)"Symphony No.9, D944" Sequenced by Moclin?

(2085)"Ave Maria" Sequenced by Bob Mace

I like to thank John Briggs for sequencing the following pieces, to contact please email (jobri@venlig.freeserve.co.uk"> JOHN here.

(1707)" Sylvia", sequenced by John Briggs

All the following were beautifully sequenced by M.C.Bucknall last known email address (ferret@dircon.co.uk"> Here?

(1255) Piano Sonata in Sonata in G, No.1, D894 " Molto moderato e cantabile" Sequenced by M C Bucknall

(1256)Piano Sonata in Sonata in G, No.2, D894 " Molto moderato e cantabile" Sequenced by M C Bucknall

(1257)Piano Sonata in Sonata in G, No.3, D894 " Menuetto; Allegro moderato" Sequenced by M C Bucknall

(1258)Piano Sonata in Sonata in G, No.3, D894 " Rondo; Allegretto" Sequenced by M C Bucknall

(1259) Piano Sonata in C minor No.1, D958 "Allegro" Sequenced by M C Bucknall

(1260) Piano Sonata in C minor No.2, D958 "Adagio" Sequenced by M C Bucknall

(48a) Piano Sonata in C minor No.3, D958 Sequenced by M C Bucknall

(1261) Piano Sonata in C minor No.4, D958 "Tarantella: Allegro" Sequenced by M C Bucknall

(1262) Piano Sonata in A No.1, D959 "Allegro" Sequenced by M C Bucknall

(1263) Piano Sonata in A No.2, D959 "Andantino" Sequenced by M C Bucknall

(47a) Piano Sonata in A No3, D959 Sequenced by M C Bucknall

(1264) Piano Sonata in A No.4, D959 "Rondo: Allegretto" Sequenced by M C Bucknall

(1265)Piano Sonata in B flat No.1, D960 "Molto moderato" Sequenced by M C Bucknall

(46a) Piano Sonata in B flat No.2, D960 seq by M C Bucknall

(1266)Piano Sonata in B flat No.1, D960 "Scherzo: Allegro vivace con" Sequenced by M C Bucknall

(49a) Piano Sonata in B flat No.4, D960 Large file please click here for pkunzip.exe Seq by M C Bucknall

(307) Known as his great Symphony Seq by ?. Due to the large size of this file, I have had to zip it click here to download pkunzip

(77) Piano Fantasy in C 1st Mov(Info kindly supplied by Gary K Allen) Seq by ?

(441) Serenade a lovely piece sequence by Faren Raborn

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