Composer Biography - Franz Schubert
Run time: 1m 47s | Release Date: January 31st, 2016
Franz Schubert was born on January 31st 1797 in Vienna, Austria.
As a child he showed great promise with his musical ability. He learned violin from his father, Franz Theodor, and piano from his brother Ignaz.
From the age of 17, Schubert taught at the same school where his father worked as a school master. However, he quit after only 3 years to focus on composing.
During his brief 15 year career as a composer he wrote over 600 lieder, or what we now call “songs”. Schubert set many of his lieder to the poems of the well-known German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, including “Erlkonig” which tells of a desperate father’s ride through the night to save his dying son from the hands of Death.
Although he is best known as the first master of Romantic lied, Schubert composed many outstanding pieces such as String Quartet No 14 in D minor “Death And The Maiden” and the “Unfinished” Symphony No. 8
Though they never formally met, Schubert attended the funeral of Ludwig van Beethoven as a pallbearer in 1827, less than 2 years before his own death.
Schubert died of typhus in Vienna, Austria on November 19th 1828 at the age of 31.
Run time: 2m 05s | Release Date: February 14th, 2018
Hector Berlioz was born on December 11th, 1803 in La Cote St Andre, France.
Berlioz’s father, a provincial French doctor, originally intended for his son to follow in his footsteps and sent him to medical school in Paris. However, according to Berlioz, he was so disturbed by the horrifying scene within the dissecting room that he leaped out of the window and never turned back. He eventually began studying music, first privately and then at the Paris Conservatoire.