Franz Schubert (Austrian composer Franz Peter Schubert)

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Legal name: Franz Peter Schubert


Franz Peter Schubert (German: [ˈfʁant͡s ˈpeːtɐ ˈʃuːbɐt]; 31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828) was an Austrian composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras. Despite his short lifetime, Schubert left behind a vast oeuvre, including more than 600 secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of piano and chamber music. His major works include the Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 (Trout Quintet), the Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 (Unfinished Symphony), the three last piano sonatas (D. 958–960), the opera Fierrabras (D. 796), the incidental music to the play Rosamunde (D. 797), and the song cycles Die schöne Müllerin (D. 795) and Winterreise (D. 911).

Born to immigrant parents in the Himmelpfortgrund suburb of Vienna, Schubert's uncommon gifts for music were evident from an early age. His father gave him his first violin lessons and his older brother gave him piano lessons, but Schubert soon exceeded their abilities. In 1808, at the age of eleven, he became a pupil at the Stadtkonvikt school, where he became acquainted with the orchestral music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. He left the Stadtkonvikt at the end of 1813, and returned home to live with his father, where he began studying to become a schoolteacher; despite this, he continued his studies in composition with Antonio Salieri and still composed prolifically. In 1821, Schubert was granted admission to the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde as a performing member, which helped establish his name among the Viennese citizenry. He gave a concert of his own works to critical acclaim in March 1828, the only time he did so in his career. He died eight months later at the age of 31, the cause officially declared to be typhoid fever, but credited by some to be syphilis.

Appreciation of Schubert's music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the 19th century, and his music continues to be popular.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 A Classic Romance, Volume One Various Artists 1
1993 Ballades pour trompette Maurice André 5 2
1993 Classic Moods, Volume Two Various Artists 1
1993 Der Tod Und Das Madchen D810 / String Quartet D32 Artis Quartett 1
1993 Die Macht der Musik Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
1993 Emperor's March and Other Great Classical Marches Hungarian Concert Orchestra, Peter Janos 2
1993 Greatest Hits for String Quartet New York Philharmonia Virtuosi 1
1993 La Libre Belgique. Un esprit s'ouvre à tout Various Artists 1
1993 Les Grands Classiques du Piano Various Artists 1
1993 Ludmila Ginsburg Various Artists 1
1993 Meditation 2: Nocturnes Various Artists 1
1993 Miserere Allegri; The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Richard Marlow 2
1993 Piano Concerto Schumann; Yevgeny Kissin, Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini 1
1993 Rapsodie hongroise no. 2 / Liebestraum / Dante Sonata / La leggierezza Franz Liszt; Wibi Soerjadi 1
1993 The Essential Hyperion Various Artists 1
1993 Wedding Music Bertalan Hock, György Geiger, Budapest Strauss Ensemble, István Bogár 2
1993 Wiener Klassik - Klassische Philharmonie Telekom Bonn Various Artists 1
1993 Your Hundred Best Piano Tunes IV Various Artists 1
1994 Tanzmusik (von der Renaissance bis zum Biedermeier) Ensemble Eduard Melkus, Ulsamer Collegium 1
1994 Leichte Klassik: Klavier–Hits, Vol. 2 Various Artists 1
1994 Oxford Church Anthems Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford 1
1994 Klaus Schulze Goes Classic Klaus Schulze 1
1994 Orchestral Excerpts for Clarinet Larry Combs 1
1994 Das ABC der Klassischen Musik Various Artists 1
1994 BBC Music, Volume 3, Number 4: Music for the Festive Season (Vienna Boys' Choir) Wiener Sängerknaben 1
1994 Best of the Classics: Romantic Classics Various Artists 1
1994 Cellissimo Mischa Maisky, Daria Hovora 1
1994 Clásicos Divertidos Various Artists 1
1994 Lieder nach Gedichten von Heinrich Heine / Songs to Poems By Heinrich Heine Christoph Prégardien & Andreas Staier 1
1994 Music for a Wedding Werner Simons 2
1994 Organy Katedry w Oliwie Roman Perucki 1
1994 Schenkers Musikalische Welt Various Artists 1
1994 Songs They Never Play on the Radio James Young 1
1994 The Great Marches, Volume II Various Artists 1
1994 The Last Concert Dinu Lipatti 1
1994 The World of Carlo Curley Carlo Curley 1
1994 Violin Favourites Yan Pascal Tortelier, Ulster Orchestra 1
1995 Hans Hotter singt Lieder Hans Hotter 1
1995 The Complete Music for Solo Piano, Volume 31: The Schubert Transcriptions I Franz Liszt; Leslie Howard 1
1995 The Complete Music for Solo Piano, Volume 32: The Schubert Transcriptions II Franz Liszt; Leslie Howard 1
1995 The Complete Music for Solo Piano, Volume 33: The Schubert Transcriptions III Franz Liszt; Leslie Howard 1
1995 Lasst uns fröhlich Lieder singen Various Artists 1
1995 Die Erlösten warten unser Various Artists 1
1995 Vocé Choir of Trinity College 1
1995 Boulez Conducts Webern, II Webern; Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez 3
1995 Abenteuer Musik: Ein Streifzug durch 1000 Jahre Various Artists 1
1995 Der Tod & das Mädchen Hartmut Haenchen 1
1995 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Wartime Recordings, Volume I Various Artists 1
1995 Favorite Sacred Arias Various Artists 1
1995 Impressions Bryn Terfel 1
1995 Lovers: The Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
1995 Russian Piano School, Volume 5 Vladimir Sofronitsky 1
1995 Schubertiana Shin‐ichi Fukuda 1
1995 Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano (Schubert), Sonata for Cello and Piano (Bridge) (Cello: Mstislav Rostropovich, Piano: Benjamin Britten) Various Artists 1
1995 The Complete RCA Recordings (Disc 1) Fritz Kreisler 1
1995 The Lark Ascending: The Uplifting Sound of Music & Birdsong Various Artists 1
1995 The Unforgettable Isobel Baillie Isobel Baillie 2
1995 Trumpet Adagio Jouko Harjanne, Markku Hietaharju 1
1995 Winham Hill Romantics Various Artists 1
1996 A Touch of Romance: Romantic Piano Masterpieces Wibi Soerjadi 1
1996 Mache dich auf und werde licht!! Various Artists 1
1996 La Guitarra Española Vol. II (1818-1918) José Miguel Moreno 2
1996 Songs for Sunset Christian Lindberg 1
1996 Carus-Quintett singt Franz Schubert Carus‐Quintett 1
1996 Classic Piano Heinz Rögner 1
1996 Live 96 Various Artists 1
1996 Mosaïca Quatuor Lamina 1
1996 Pablo Casals à Prades Pablo Casals 1
1996 Revelations Black Dyke Mills Band, James Watson 1
1996 Schubert-Brahms Year 1997 Various Artists 1
1996 Something Wonderful Yvonne Kenny, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Kamirski 1
1996 The Romantic Harp Sunita Staneslow 1
1996 Virtuosa Valentina! Valentina Lisitsa 1
1997 The Best of Horowitz Владимир Самойлович Горовиц 1
1997 Complete Piano Music, Volume 5: Schubert Song Transcriptions Franz Liszt; Oxana Yablonskaya 1
1997 Film Classics Various Artists 1
1997 Schmuseklassik: Die schönste Musik zum Kuscheln Various Artists 1
1997 And the Band Played On I Salonisti 3
1997 Ave Maria: Sacred Arias and Choruses Various Artists 5 1
1997 Brilliantissimo David Helfgott 1
1997 Cinema Classics 1997 Various Artists 1
1997 Clásicos populares 2 Various Artists 1
1997 Elegie: Works for Trumpet Sergei Nakariakov, Vera Nakariakova 1
1997 Handbell Symphony Peeter Vähi; Arsis Handbell Ensemble 1
1997 Introit (Cantus) Cantus 1
1997 Klassiske blå favoritter Various Artists 2
1997 Küll ma laulaks Eesti Rahvusmeeskoor 1
1997 Live 97 Various Artists 1
1997 Nightsong The King’s Singers 1
1997 Piano Transcriptions Arcadi Volodos 1
1997 Romantic Ballet Music Various Artists 1
1997 The Classical Collection III: Dove Music to Savor Various Artists 1
1997 The Margaret Throsby Collection Various Artists 1
1997 Wunschkonzert der Klassik Various Artists 1
1997 Wunschkonzert: Festival der schönsten Melodien der Klassik Various Artists 5
1998 Das Leben gleicht dem Sommertag Various Artists 1
1998 Piano: The Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
1998 The Complete Music for Solo Piano, Volume 49: Schubert and Weber Transcriptions Franz Liszt; Leslie Howard 1
1998 Piano Transcriptions and Arrangements Rachmaninov; İdil Biret 1
1998 Escolanía de Infantes del Pilar Escolanía de Infantes del Pilar 1

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