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|1735 - Premiere of Handel's Organ Concerto Op. 4, no. 5.
1759 - Handel became ill at a performance of Messiah in London. He died just 8 days later.
1892 - Premiere of Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 4 in d, in Prague.
1929 - Birth of American composer, pianist and conductor Andre Previn. He is married to violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.
1945 - Premiere of Randall Thompson's The Testament of Freedom with texts by Thomas Jefferson, for men's chorus and orchestra. It was performed with piano accompaniment at the University of Virginia on April 13, 1943.
1951 - Premiere of Ralph Vaughan Williams' opera The Pilgrim's Progress produced at Covent Garden, London.
1957 - Elvis Presley's All Shook Up was released.
1964 - Premiere of Igor Stravinsky's Elegy for President John F. Kennedy, conducted by Robert Craft in LA, CA.
1965 - The Beach Boys recorded California Girls.
|Even though he was a teacher, Franz spent a great deal of his spare time composing. By 1818 Schubert had given up teaching so that he could devote himself to composing music, although he did earn money on occasion teaching music.
One of his brief teaching positions was to provide lessons to the daughters of Count Esterhazy in Hungary. Some time prior to Schubert's arrival the Count had employed Franz Joseph Haydn.
Schubert was a short, plump short-sighted man. Everything we know about him indicates that he was quiet and private. That is not to say that he was not a skilled musician. In fact, Schubert was quite accomplished on both the piano and violin, but he was certainly not the sort of virtuoso performer or flamboyant conductor who could easily promote his own work in public. In fact, many of Schubert's orchestral works were never performed publicly, and therefore only his chamber music and songs became known . . . and they were played in smaller social gatherings. This lack of significant publication and public performance meant that Schubert never earned a great deal of money with his music.
Schubert was not completely ignored, though. In fact, over the years a small, but extremely loyal following developed. These people did whatever they could to promote Schubert and his music. This circle of friends included fellow musicians and socialites who attended gatherings known as "Schubertiads" since they focused on Schubert and his music. It is said that Schubert's brother stepped in on several occasions to provide financial support. The baritone Johann Vogl became extremely fond of Schubert's songs. He became known for singing them on many occasions. The result was that many of Schubert's songs actually did become well known. And that did amount to quite something since Schubert wrote more than 600 songs!
Schubert was a great admirer of Ludwig van Beethoven. In fact the two knew one another, and Schubert visited him. Beethoven died March 26, 1827, and Schubert was among those chosen to be a torch-bearer at the funeral.
Unfortunately ill-health overtook Schubert when he was still quite young. Syphilis and typhoid fever, both of which were very common at the time, led to Schubert's death at the age of 31, on November 19, 1828 in Vienna, Austria. Schubert was buried very close to Beethoven.
|Today is the anniversary of the first performance of Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in b Minor.
Schubert was born January 31, 1797 in Vienna, Austria. He was the son of a middle-class teacher who expected his son to follow in his career. Franz's musical gift was recognized early, and while still a boy he sang in the Imperial Court Chapel Choir where his teacher was Salieri But after his voice broke, Franz followed his father's wishes and took a teaching position.
|Can You Guess? Below we read about Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in b minor. It is famous for something that Schubert didn't do! Can You Guess what it was that Schubert didn
Look at the bottom of the page for the answer.
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|Did You Guess?
NO I DID NOT FALL ASLEEP WHILE WRITING. THAT WAS YOUR CLUE! Schubert did not finish the piece. His Unfinished Symphony was actually started and set aside to allow him to write a larger work, his Ninth Symphony, which he did complete.