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(1797-1828).  Schubert's lifespan of just 31 years is the shortest of any major composer, and yet he emerged as a key transitional figure between the classical and romantic eras.  He wrote important symphonies, piano sonatas, choral works, and all kinds of chamber music, but his 600 exquisite songs are his greatest legacy.

Any list of his important works would be long and would have to include his Symphonies no 5, 8 (Unfinished), 9 (Great C major), his "Trout" Quintet, the "Wanderer" Fantasy, and Four Impromptus (D. 935) for Piano, the String Quartets no 13 (Rosamunde) and no 14 (Death and the Maiden), Piano Trio no 1, Mass no 6, his art songs "Erlkonig", "Gretchen am Spinnrade", "Die Forelle", and the song cycle "Die Winterreise".


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Franz Schubert (Franz Peter Schubert) was an Austrian violinist, pianist, composer, and teacher born on January 31, 1797 (Beethoven was 27 years old). He studied principally – on and off - with Antonio Salieri (1808-1817). He is most famous for his Unfinished Symphony (no 8) , the Trout Quintet, and the more than 600 songs he wrote. He was one of history’s most prolific composers, having composed over 1000 works, including operas, symphonies (nine or ten, depending on who you ask), and many chamber works.
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