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Franz Schubert:
Music for Piano Four Hands

Franz Schubert wrote his Marche Militaire for piano four hands -- two people playing the same instrument. Here are some more pieces for piano four hands.

Music heard in this episode:
Schubert: Marche Militaire
Brahms: Hungarian Dance #6 (piano version)
Dvorak: Slavonic Dance #8 (piano version)
Moszkowski: Spanish Dance in C Major
Mozart: Sonata in D
Rachmaninoff: Russian Rhapsody
Bizet: Jeux d’Enfants
Debussy: Petite Suite
Copland: Danzon Cubano
Schubert: Marche Militaire

Other shows about Franz Schubert:
Firsts for the New Year
About Franz Schubert
Take Me to Your Lieder
Marches Not Written for Bands and Parades

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About Franz Schubert
1/31/1797 - 11/19/1828
Born in Austria

Franz Schubert was born in Vienna, Austria. In addition to playing several instruments, Franz also sang very well. When he was 10, he was accepted at the Imperial and Royal Seminary, which trained boys for the Court Chapel Choir. That choir still exists today as the Vienna Boys' Choir.

Schubert wrote his first symphonies for his school orchestra, and for friends of the family who used to get together to play -- the whole Schubert family was very musical.

Schubert also wrote piano, choral, and chamber music, but he is probably most famous for composing over 600 songs.

See other composers born in Austria


This Week's Quiz:

1. Which of the following composers wrote the Hungarian Dances for piano four hands?

Felix Mendelssohn

Bela Bartok

Frederic Chopin

Johannes Brahms

2.Who was one of Mozart’s favorite partners when he played music for piano four hands?

Marie Antoinette

Constanze Weber

Nannerl Mozart

Ludwig van Beethoven

3. Who wrote the Danzon Cubano?

Aaron Copland

Leonard Bernstein

Scott Joplin

Charles Ives


Franz Schubert
Marche Militaire

Composed in 1822
Performed by
Balazs Szokolay, piano

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