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  • 1. Franz Peter Schubert 1797 - 1828
  • 2. Schubert was born in Vienna, Austria.
  • 3. Schubert’s occasional visits to the opera set the foundation for his greater musical knowledge. Meanwhile, his genius was already beginning to show itself in his compositions. Antonio Salieri, a leading composer of the period, became aware of the talented young man and decided to train him in musical composition and music theory.
  • 4. By the age of 21, he had already composed six of the seven symphonies which were performed by various amateur orchestras with which he was associated, but during the next few years he seems to have become increasingly aware of the magnitude of Beethoven’s symphonic achievements and was determined to find the means to create symphonies of comparable scope and substance.
  • 5. It was the example of Beethoven, whose mighty Ninth Symphony appeared in 1824, that both inspired and terrified Schubert. He knew that after Beethoven, the symphony could never be the same again -- but what an act to follow! Schubert tried, but unfortunately, like Beethoven, died in his thirties. Beethoven died at age 35, while Schubert died at age 31.
  • 6. He wrote some six hundred songs, seven completed symphonies, and the famous ”Unfinished Symphony.”
  • 7. The first two movements of the “Unfinished Symphony” were completed down to the last detail and among the finest he ever wrote. It is believed that Schubert abandoned the “Unfinished Symphony” because he did not feel he could continue the work at the high level of the first two movements.
  • 8. However, purely musical considerations may not have been the only factors that led to the abandonment of this symphony, for the most recent medical opinion suggests that it was in late 1822 that Schubert contracted a venereal disease, for which there was no effective cure at that time. There is little doubt that this was a period of great emotional turmoil for him and that the two completed movements reflect his disturbed state of mind.
  • 9. Der Erlkönig (original poem by Goethe) was Schubert's most popular song during his lifetime. Beethoven attempted to set it to music but abandoned the effort.