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Franz Schubert: A Biography (Clarendon Paperbacks)  

A fascinating book to read and one which explains why there are two sides to his character, as so often portrayed in his music. There is a dearth of material about Franz Schubert but where uncertainties lie the author has made informed guesses which are entirely plausible. In his early years Schubert was described by his friends as an affable and generous character but in later life beset by illness, depression and frustration and fuelled by drink he became unreliable and unfriendly until his untimely death at the age of just 31.



The Cambridge Companion to Schubert (Cambridge Companions to Music)  

There are sixteen chapters divided into three main sections in this collection of essays by leading scholars. The first part explains the social and cultural scene in which Schubert was working, the second part covers his musical acheivement, and the third part describes how his music was received by the public up to the present day. Myths and legends about thecomposer are explored thoroughly and critically and this book describes the full range of his musical accomplishment.




Franz Schubert --- a short biography

Franz Peter Schubert was born in Vienna. He wrote 600 Lieder, 9 symphonies,liturgical, chamber and piano music as well as operas and incidental music.

Interest in Schubert's work increased dramatically in the decades following his early death at the age of thirty-one. Composers like Franz Liszt,Robert Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn discovered, collected, and championed his works in the 19th century. Franz Schubert is now widely considered to be one of the greatest of all composers.

Franz Schubert was born into a musical family, and received formal musical training through much of his childhood. While Schubert had a close circle of friends and associates who admired his work (amongst them the prominent singer Johann Michael Vogl), wide appreciation of his music during his lifetime was limited at best. He was never able to secure adequate permanent employment, and for most of his career he relied on the support of friends and family. He made some money from published works, and occasionally gave private musical instruction.




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