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Franz Schubert:
About Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert's father expected his son to be a teacher in the school that he ran. But Schubert didn't last long at that job -- he was much more interested in writing music than paying attention to a classroom full of kids.

Music heard in this episode:
Schubert: Marche Militaire
Schubert: String Quartet #10
Schubert: Mass in B Flat
Schubert: Symphony #1
Schubert: Symphony #8 “Unfinished”
Schubert: Rosamunde
Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy
Schubert: Death and the Maiden Quartet

Other shows about Franz Schubert:
Firsts for the New Year
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.

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This Week's Quiz:

1. Schubert's father wanted him to be a





2.The most famous symphony by Schubert is called

Unfinished Symphony

Choral Symphony

Italian Symphony

Jupiter Symphony

3. Friends of Schubert held parties at which his music was performed. These were called






Franz Schubert
Marche Militaire

Composed in 1822
Performed by
Balazs Szokolay, piano

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