Franz Schubert

By | January 14, 2020

Franz Schubert 31/01/1797 – 19/11/1828

was an amazing Austrian composer who died at the very young age of just 31. Despite his early years he produced a huge array of works including over 600 secular vocal works, seven complete symphonies, operas. sacred music and a large collection of piano and chamber music.

On music-scores.com we have 127 arrangements of Schubert’s music for an array of instruments… why not take a look? https://www.music-scores.com/schubert/composer.php

Early Life

Schubert was born in Vienna in 1797 and was the 12th child of 14, (9 died in infancy), his father was a school master and gave him his first tuition at the age of 5. He was later enrolled at his father’s school. His brother gave him piano lessons but Schubert excelled very quickly and within a short time no longer required his tuition. (I imagine that this was a source of many arguments despite his brother’s quote below..)

His brother Iguaz said,
‘I was amazed when Franz told me, a few months after we began, that he had no need of any further instruction from me, and that for the future he would make his own way. And in truth his progress in a short period was so great that I was forced to acknowledge in him a master who had completely distanced and out stripped me, and whom I despaired of overtaking.

Aged eleven Schubert won a scholarship that gained him a place in the court chapel choir and an education at the Stadtkonvikt, the principal boarding school for commoners in Vienna.

From an early age he was regarded as a young genius… Between 1813 and 1815 he wrote a large variety of compositions (including five string quartets and three full-scale symphonies). aged only 16!… and whilst training at college he wrote his first full length opera.

Difficult Times

When we discuss infamous composers such as Schubert you never think to imagine that they didn’t lead a perfect life composing music and reaping the benefits … Schuberts life was far from perfect… Suffering a lot of ill health, unsuccessful attempts in applying for employment & financial deprivation (at one time he was penniless!)

In 1828 – (the final year of his life) Schubert wrote a succession of masterpieces and performed his one and only ever public concert which unsurprisingly was a huge success enabling Schubert to buy himself a piano! Sadly, the piano did not receive the amount of playing it deserved as he died later that year of typhoid.

Schubert left many unfinished pieces and sketches of songs which provide some insight into the working of his creative mind…

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