The Schubertiades

Franz SchubertThe life of early composers is not much different from today’s wild rockers. Franz Schubert’s  lifestyle and sexual adventures resulted in syphilis – contributing to his fame… and death at age 31.

The music of Schubert, who lived from 1797 to 1828, is classified within the great Romantic Period of music, 1820 – 1900. There are 6 versions of his song “Die Forelle” (“The Trout”). Simply because when friends asked him for copies of the song, he wrote out new copies to the best he could remember at the time.

Schubert started making music with his friends at choir school in Vienna. They wrote operas and libretti in friends’ homes – in short, they hung out together. They even had a “band” – quote, unquote – called the “Schubertiades.”

On his deathbed in 1828, Schubert finalised his “Winterreise” while reading James Fenimore Cooper’s “The Last of the Mohicans.”

04/07/2011. Category: music. Tags: .

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