Schubert

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At the Center of the Musical Universe
Franz Schubert II
Greatness will invariably recognize greatness! And Franz Liszt’s efforts and commitment on behalf of forgotten masterpieces set a powerful trend in the 19th century. As such it is hardly surprising that Franz Schubert occupied a central place in Liszt’s transcriptions
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At the Center of the Musical Universe
Franz Schubert
In my humble opinion, the richness and subtlety of Franz Schubert’s (1797-1828) melodic and harmonic language is unequaled in the world of classical music. For one reason or another, we are led to believe that Schubert’s music was not popular
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Franz Schubert and the Countess
The memoirs of Franz Schubert’s friends are full of references to Caroline Esterházy. In fact, Eduard von Bauernfeld wrote in February 1828. “Schubert was, in fact, head over ears in love with one of his pupils, a young Countess Esterházy,
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Schubert: “Unfinished Symphony”
Premiered Today in 1865
One of the biggest and most exciting mysteries in classical music is the question why Franz Schubert never completed his “Unfinished Symphony.” We do know that the Music Society in Graz bestowed upon Franz Schubert an honorary diploma in 1823.
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Schubert: String Quintet Op. 163, D 956
Premiered Today in 1850
In late September or early October 1828—two months before his death—Franz Schubert completed his C-major string quintet. He passed the work to his Leipzig publisher Heinrich Albert Probst on 2 October 1828, writing in the accompanying letter, “Among other things,
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Schubert: Octet D. 803
Octet in F Major, op. 166, D. 803 for clarinet, horn, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass From Schubert: Octet D. 803 (2018) Released by Harmonia Mundi Schubert: Octet in F Major, op. 166, D. 803A mysterious beauty
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Schubert: Mass in C major, D. 452
Premiered Today in 1825
Ferdinand Lukas Schubert (1794-1859)—older brother of Franz Schubert—was a schoolteacher, organist, and composer. He had some compositional talent, but frequently asked for his brother’s help in his daily work. On occasion, he appropriated his brother’s compositions and passed them off
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Saying Goodbye for a While: Schubert to Walcher
In the month before his friend Ferdinand Walcher quit Vienna for a posting in Venice, Schubert had been a torchbearer at Beethoven’s funeral. The death of his greatest inspiration, whom he had only been able to meet days before Beethoven’s
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