January 31, 2018
Franz Peter Schubert was born in Vienna on January 31, 1797, and died in the same city just 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.
January 31, 2017
Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828) composed this “Marche Militaire” for piano, but the music is so much fun that it has been adapted for just about every instrument and instrumental ensemble imaginable — guitars, flutes, marimbas, pipe organ, wind ensembles, brass choirs, you name it. I love this version for four cellos.
January 31, 2016
“Ständchen” was one of the last compositions of the prolific but short-lived Franz Peter Schubert, whose 219th birthday is today. Although composed for piano and vocal soloist, it has been transcribed for many different instruments and instrumental ensembles. This setting for piano and flute is especially beautiful.