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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.
The composer Salieri (he of not actually murdering Mozart fame) talent-spotted the young Franz when the boy was just seven. Franz was whisked off to the Imperial Seminary where he sang in the choir, played violin in the orchestra and learned musical theory from Salieri himself.
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