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Franz Schubert:
Firsts for the New Year

A collection of musical firsts, including the first string quartet, the first use of trombones in a symphony, and the first professional musician to make a recording.

Music heard in this episode:
Haydn: String Quartet #1
Sammartini: Symphony in F
Beethoven: Symphony #5
Beethoven: Symphony #9
Paganini: Caprice #24
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody #2
Beethoven: Rage Over a Lost Penny
Lully: Minuet
Mozart: Symphony #39

Other shows about Franz Schubert:
About Franz Schubert
Take Me to Your Lieder
Music for Piano Four Hands
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. Who is known as the father of the symphony?

Johann Sebastian Bach

Franz Joseph Haydn

Felix Mendelssohn

Antonio Vivaldi

Ludwig van Beethoven

2.Which was the first symphony to use singers?

Mozarts Symphony #41

Beethovens Symphony #9

Brahms Symphony #4

3. What did Jean Baptiste Lully use to conduct?

a thin, wandlike stick

his hands

a long pole

a flag


Franz Schubert
Marche Militaire

Composed in 1822
Performed by
Balazs Szokolay, piano

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