1797 - 1828
Austrian composer Franz Schubert was born in Himmelpfortgrund on January 31st 1797. He was initially taught the piano by members of his family before learning with the choirmaster and organist of the local parish church. He eventually came to the attention of Antonia Salieri, who was one of the leading musicians in Vienna at the time. He went on to study at the Stadtkonvikt after obtaining a choral scholarship. After some time, he was given private tuition in music theory and composition by Salieri. His output is impressively prolific, consisting of some 600 secular works for voice, seven completed symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a substantial output of chamber and solo piano music. This large output is made all the more impressive by Schubert’s relatively short lifespan – he died aged 31 on November 19th 1828. During his short lifetime, his works saw relatively little public acclaim and popularity, save a small group of supporters in Vienna. However, after his death his works were championed by a number of prominent German and French Romantic composers, bringing them very much in to the public eye and in the modern day, he is seen as one of the most significant composers of the late Classical era and early Romantic era, with many of his works seeing regular performances in the modern day.