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During a career lasting less than 20 years, Franz Schubert (1797-1828) produced a torrent of work, including operas and symphonies; 600 songs; overtures and masses; string quartets, quintets and an octet; 20 piano sonatas; and some 50 choral works. Here are 20 essential facts about the great man.
Franz Peter Schubert was born near Vienna in January 1797. He was the 12th child of a Moravian schoolteacher, Franz, and his wife, Elisabeth. Franz senior - who played cello - taught his son the rudiments of music. The house in which young Franz was born, pictured, was known as the Red Crayfish but is today 54 Nussdorfer Strasse in the ninth district of Vienna.
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