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Franz Schubert:
Take Me to Your Lieder

Songs in classical music are usually called "art songs." In German, art songs are called Lieder. Franz Schubert was a master of writing Lieder. Each of his songs combines poetry and music, voice and accompaniment, to make a complete musical short story.

Music heard in this episode:
Schubert: Die Forelle
Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade
Schubert: Erlkönig
Schubert: Trout Quintet

Other shows about Franz Schubert:
Firsts for the New Year
About Franz Schubert
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. What is the German word for songs?





2.Which of the following is NOT the title of a Schubert song?

Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel

The Trout

The Erl King

The Viennese Clock

3. Which Schubert song was turned into a piece of chamber music?

The Happy Farmer

The Trout

In the Hall of the Mountain King



Franz Schubert
Marche Militaire

Composed in 1822
Performed by
Balazs Szokolay, piano

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