Franz Schubert was a true Viennese: he was born in an outlying district of the imperial capital on January 31, 1797, and died there of typhus on November 19, 1828 aged just thirty-one. His short life was marked by tremendous creativity.
Schubert composed his first pieces while still a child. From 1818 he was able to devote himself entirely to composing thanks to the financial support of his friend Franz von Schober. The core of Schubert’s work are his lieder. His marches and instrumental music reveal Hungarian influence.
Schubert’s sonatas, chamber music and symphonies follow the Viennese Classic in form, while reflecting the Romantic in their tonal fantasy and melody. Less well-known are the composer’s operas and singspiels. The Trout Quintet for piano or the Fair Maid of the Mill (Die Schöne Müllerin) cycle are familiar to a broad public.