Franz Schubert: A Biography and Musical Analysis Essay

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Franz Peter Schubert, born January 31, 1797, is accredited as one of the most gifted musicians of the 19th century (“SCHUBERT”), and is considered to be the last composer of the classical era and one of the first romantic composers (The Biography). His relentlessly impoverished life was short in comparison to many people of the era – his death was on November 19, 1828 (two months shy of his 32nd birthday) – and his music was generally unrecognized and unappreciated during his time, but his exemplification of romantic lyricism and immense amount of composing, which encompasses approximately 600 liturgical music scores and lieder (lyric songs); nine symphonies that truly represent the era of classicism; several pieces for the stage; choral …show more content…
Franz Peter Schubert, born January 31, 1797, is accredited as one of the most gifted musicians of the 19th century (“SCHUBERT”), and is considered to be the last composer of the classical era and one of the first romantic composers (The Biography). His relentlessly impoverished life was short in comparison to many people of the era – his death was on November 19, 1828 (two months shy of his 32nd birthday) – and his music was generally unrecognized and unappreciated during his time, but his exemplification of romantic lyricism and immense amount of composing, which encompasses approximately 600 liturgical music scores and lieder (lyric songs); nine symphonies that truly represent the era of classicism; several pieces for the stage; choral music; overtures; piano music, including sonatas and trios; chamber music; string quartets; impromptus; three song cycles; incidental music; seven masses; and scherzos (Forney 273, “Franz”), has earned him an unfaltering legacy among the musical community. Schubert, born in Himmelpfortgrund, Vienna (located in Austria), was the fourth surviving son of a parish schoolmaster, named Franz Theodor Schubert, and homemaker Elisabeth Schubert (The Biography). Throughout Schubert’s early childhood, he was noted as having a remarkable musical talent. He began receiving instruction from his father and older brother (Ignaz Schubert), who taught him to play both the violin and piano; this helped in developing his passion for music (Columbia).
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