Happy birthday, Franz

January 31, 2023

In honor of the birthday of Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828), here is the final movement from the Piano Sonata in B-flat major D.960, played by Alison Chiang.

Happy Birthday, Franz

January 31, 2022

Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828) composed the “Marche Militaire” for piano, but it has been adapted for just about every instrument and instrumental ensemble imaginable. Here it is in a version for four cellos.

Happy birthday, Franz

January 31, 2021

“Ständchen” was one of the last compositions of the prolific but short-lived Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828). Originally composed for piano and vocal soloist, it has been transcribed for many different instruments and instrumental ensembles. It’s performed here on piano and flute by Claudio and Sergio Zampetti.

Happy birthday, Franz

January 31, 2019

Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828) composed “Ständchen” in 1826. The words are from Shakespeare’s Cymbeline.

Happy birthday, Franz

January 31, 2018

Franz Peter Schubert was born in Vienna on January 31, 1797, and died in the same city 31 years later. Although his life was short, the catalog of his works is not. Somehow in that brief time, he managed to produce more than 1,500 musical compositions. He wrote pieces for solo piano, works for orchestra and chorus, and just about everything in between. His genius shines as brilliantly in his musical miniatures as it does in his grand orchestral works, and it’s easy to see why his music remains popular almost two centuries after his death.

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