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Franz Peter Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828)

Composer

Austrian composer who straddled the Classical and Romantic periods. His music is classical in its form but romantic inhis unsurpassed melodic expressiveness, especially as a writer for the voice. His songs, or Lieder, have had a special place in the development of vocal music and in the affections of generations of singers. In his short life he wrote some 600 songs, among them the cycles Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise. But his output in other areas was no less significant. There are nine symphonies including the Unfinished Symphony, and a repertoire of significant chamber music, amongst which is The Trout Quintet and the Death and the Maiden Quartet. He died of an early illness, a poor and largely neglected composer. He was buried close to Beethoven, for whom he had a special admiration.

Further Reading: Schubert

 Recording of the Week, Winterreise from Ian Bostridge and Thomas Adès

Fifteen years on from his first audio recording of the work, the British tenor retraces Schubert’s 'Winter Journey' with a new companion in an unsettling, unsentimentalised interpretation that’s underpinned by years of scholarship on both sides.

 Interview, Sir András Schiff on Schubert

The Hungarian-born British pianist talks to Katherine about late Schubert, and ‘falling in love at first sight’ with the Brodmann fortepiano which he plays on his recent recordings of sonatas and impromptus on ECM.

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