Sheet Music by the Austrian composer Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) is an Austrian composer of the Early Romanticism. For posterity, he stood for a long time in the shadow of Beethoven whom he deeply admired and in whose Viennese neighbourhood he lived for a time. Still both composers never met each other.

His composition “Gretchen am Spinnrade” is often called the birth of the genre of art song. He set 600 (!) poems to music, including the famous song cycles Winter Journey and Die schöne Müllerin.

There are legendary recordings of various Schubert songs from the 1960s with Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) and Hubert Giesen (piano).

During Schubert’s lifetime, the Schubertiads were, by the way, much-acclaimed house concerts in Vienna, in which his works (above all his songs) were performed, with Schubert himself at the piano. Today, the term Schubertiade often refers to a concert series or music festival.

His symphonies are divided into six youthful works and two other works which were only noticed after his death: the Symphony in B minor (Unfinished) and the Great Symphony in C major.

Further highlights from Schubert’s repertoire are the Trout Quintet for piano, violin, viola, violoncello and double bass, the Impromptus and the Moments musicaux for piano.

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