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Franz Schubert

Composer Franz Schubert

Profession: Composer

Nationality:
Austria
Austrian

Why Famous: Franz Schubert was only 31 when he died, yet had composed over 600 works, a fraction of which were published within his lifetime. The son of a school teacher, he lived most of his life in obscurity in Vienna. It was only after his death in 1828 from typhoid fever and probably syphilis that the extent of his composition was discovered, published and performed.

Schubert is particularly known for his melodies and songs, writing over 500 of the later. Some of the most famous include "The Erlking", "Mignon" songs from Goethe and those base don Walter Scott's "Lady of the Lake". Schubert wrote 8 more less completed symphonies, though his most well known is perhaps his "Unfinished Symphony" of 1822.

Born: January 31, 1797
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: November 19, 1828 (aged 31)
Cause of Death: Typhoid fever and syphilis

Events in the Life of Franz Schubert

  • 1819-02-28 1st public performance of a Franz Schubert's song "Schäfers Klageleid"
  • 1823-12-20 Play "Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus" by Helmina von Chézy with incidental music by Franz Schubert premieres in Vienna
  • 1863-01-01 Franz Schubert's "Missa Solemnis," premieres in Leipzig
  • 1865-12-17 Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished Symphony" premieres in Vienna with Johann von Herbeck conducting
  • 1869-02-26 Franz Schubert's Symphony number 4, "The Tragic", premieres
  • 1877-10-20 Franz Schubert's 2nd Symphony in B premieres

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