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ranz Peter Schubert was born in Himmelpfortgrund near Vienna, Austria. Franz was the twelfth of fourteen children, but only five lived to grow up. He had one sister, Maria Theresa, and three brothers— Ignaz, Karl, and Ferdinand. Franz learned to play several instruments (violin, viola, piano, and organ), and he sang very well. His first music teachers were his father and his brothers. His family often performed together during musical evenings at home, and Franz wrote many compositions for these gatherings. When he grew up, Schubert and his friends continued the tradition. These meetings became known as Schubertiades. When he was ten, Franz was accepted at a school that trained boys for the Court Chapel Choir (now known as the Vienna Boys’ Choir). He began composing and wrote a song , that impressed the school’s director, Antonio Salieri, and Salieri began to teach him. Salieri and the school’s professor of harmony called young Schubert a genius! When Schubert’s voice broke and he had to leave the choir, he was very sad. Schubert’s father was a school teacher, and he wanted Franz to become a school teacher as well. But Franz wasn’t happy. He taught school by day and composed by night. He loved composing and worked so

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Born: January 31, 1797 Birthplace: Austria Died: November 19, 1828 Some favorites by Schubert: “Unfinished” Symphony, “Trout” Quintet, Gretchen am Spinnrade, Der Erlkönig, Impromptus for piano, Marche Militaire for piano duet

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hard that, before he was twenty years old, he had written more than 100 songs and many other compositions! He finally gave up school teaching altogether to focus on music. For a short time, he was the music teacher for the royal . Esterházy family. Franz wrote many kinds of music, but he is probably most famous for composing art songs, or lieder, of which he wrote more than 600! Some of the most popular art songs ever were written by Schubert. Schubert was one of the first composers in the Romantic period, and his music is often performed today. His music is filled with long, beautiful melodies and rich harmonies. But Schubert’s music was not always popular. Publishers were afraid to take a chance on a young unknown who composed using such strange harmonies for his time. Some of his fellow composers looked down on his music. And Schubert was not a strong businessman. He sold the rights to some of his best works, and other people made most of the money. Sadly, even though he was a musical genius, Franz Schubert often lived in poverty. Franz Schubert’s musical hero was Ludwig van Beethoven. Schubert carried a torch in Beethoven’s funeral procession, one year before his own death at the age of thirty-one. At Schubert’s request, he was buried near the grave of his hero. Although Franz Schubert died at a very young age, he left behind hundreds of the world’s favorite compositions.

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1. Schubert’s musical hero was _________________________ . 2. Schubert is probably most famous for his _______________________. 3. Schubert and his friends met for musical evenings they called ____________________.

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4. Like his musical hero, Schubert helped to bridge music from the classical period to the ___________ period.

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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012
Contents
Editor's Page: New discoveries
Variations: Tackling a twelve-year old's slump
Musings: Creative being and the disciplined life
An interview with Jean-Yves Thibaudet
The story of music on board the RMS Titanic
The enchanted world of piano fairy tales
Jazz & Pop: The rhythms of jazz: Syncopation
Music Reading: Recipes for effective teaching
Perspectives: Coping with burnout
Technology: Virtual reality in the piano studio
Tech Tips
First Looks: What Music Means To Me
New music reviews
CD & DVD reviews
News & Notes
Pupil Saver
Keyboard Kids' Companion
Advertiser Index
Questions & Answers
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Contents
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Editor's Page: New discoveries
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Variations: Tackling a twelve-year old's slump
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Musings: Creative being and the disciplined life
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - An interview with Jean-Yves Thibaudet
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - The story of music on board the RMS Titanic
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - The enchanted world of piano fairy tales
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Jazz & Pop: The rhythms of jazz: Syncopation
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Music Reading: Recipes for effective teaching
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Perspectives: Coping with burnout
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Technology: Virtual reality in the piano studio
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Tech Tips
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - New music reviews
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - CD & DVD reviews
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - News & Notes
Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Pupil Saver
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Keyboard Kids' Companion
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Advertiser Index
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Clavier Companion - January/February 2012 - Questions & Answers
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