Born: 1797, Vienna, Austria
Died: 1828, Vienna, Austria
"O imagination! thou greatest treasure of man, thou inexhaustible wellspring from which artists as well as savants drink!"
A composer of prodigious invention and originality, Schubert made major contributions to symphonic music, chamber music, and piano music, and raised German song — composing nearly 1000! — to new heights. His music is characterized by fluent, utterly apt lyricism sharpened by a richly expressive harmonic language. The great flowering of Lieder in Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler, and Richard Strauss stems directly from Schubert’s astonishing songs, and the “Great” C-major Symphony had a profound influence on Schumann, Brahms, and Mahler.
Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 (1828)
Sir András Schiff, fortepiano (ECM)
String Quartet No. 14 in D minor,
“Death and the Maiden,” D. 810 (1824)
Amadeus Quartet (DG)