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Franz Peter Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828)


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, András Schiff plays late Schubert

The Hungarian-born pianist brings introspective poetry to two late sonatas, the Four Impromptus D899 and the Drei Klavierstücke D946, recorded on his Franz Brodmann fortepiano from 1820.

 Recording of the Week, Paul Lewis plays early Schubert and Weber

The British pianist radiates sympathy and imagination in two piano sonatas from the 1810s by young composers who both died before their fortieth birthdays.

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