(1) Franz Schubert composed Gretchen am Spinnrade (Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel) in 1814, when he was only seventeen years old. The song is sung by a soprano, and the only accompaniment to the voice is a piano playing a constant rhythmic pattern (“OnMusic”). (2) Schubert was one of the most prominent composers in the Romantic era. He was the first composer to live off only the money he got from composing. He wrote many compositions during his short lifetime, especially art songs (“OnMusic”).
financial problems. Schubert claimed that he could not find a position to provide enough for them both. Schubert then never mentioned about love or marriage again. After that, in the autumn of 1814, his music productivity increased more than ever. Gretchen am Spinnrade, which is his first lieder masterpiece, came out when Shubert was 17; and he was only 18 when he released the song Erlkönig. During the year 1815 and the following years later, he continued to compose many symphonies, operas, chamber music
Fidelio. His love of poetry led him to the art song, a form that Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven had only touched on. Inflamed by the poetry and passion of Goethe’s Faust, the seventeen-year-old Schubert composed his first great song, Gretchen am Spinnrade (Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel). The next year he composed 143 songs, including The Erlking. Most of his works were composed for performances in the homes of Vienna’s cultivated middle class. Unlike Beethoven, Schubert did not mingle with the aristocracy