Royalty Free Music - Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert- Biography
Schubert was a composer of beautiful melodies and his
music conveys a deep range of emotions conveyed with warm
charm and eloquence.
He was born in Vienna, Austria on the 31st
of January, 1797, the twelfth of sixteen children. His Father
encouraged his clear talent for music, and by the age of ten
Franz was writing many compositions and singing in the local
church choir. In 1808 he joined the Stadtkonvikt in Vienna
which provided him with a better grounding in composition,
orchestral playing and choral singing and he became acquainted
with the music of Mozart and Haydn, along with the works of
more contemporary composers such as Beethoven. In 1812 he
was taken on as a student by Kappellmeister Antonio Salieri.
By 1813 he left his student years behind and
spent two years as a teacher in his Father's school, a job
which he disliked, and he longed for work as a paid composer.
1816 saw Schubert leave teaching and move in with a friend
Franz Von Schober. From this point on, Schubert strove to
earn a living through composition, helped by family and friends.
Unfortunately his constant efforts to succeed in the challenging
world of Viennese culture did not bring him the recognition
he sought, although his considerable output shows that he
never gave up.
A small income from publications was the only
recompense he recieved. It is remarkable now to think that
such an exquisite body of work should be so sparsely considered
by his contemporaries
Franz Schubert died on November 19th, 1828,
at his brother's home, and was buried next to Beethoven in
Wahring village cemetary. In 1888 both graves were moved to
the central cemetary in Vienna, and are now alongside the
graves of Brahms and Strauss. In death, not life, Schubert
finds his place with his peers.
His music has gradually become rediscovered,
and is now available in our royalty free music library. Mendlessohn
and Liszt played their part in this, as well as Sir George
Grove and Arthur Sullivan, who in 1867 (following a visit
to Vienna) brought to the attention of the public large quantities
of previously unknown Schubert compositions including operas,
masses, "Rosamunde" and many songs. Schubert's 600 Lieder
songs are now well-loved and often performed and recorded,
his Symphonies and song-cycles are immensely poetic, and all
his compositions bring to the world of the 21st century a
window into the soul of this young, ever-striving composer.
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