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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.
Schubert contracted syphilis in 1822 and became seriously ill. He carried on composing though with the same unrelenting rate, writing his beautiful cycle of 24 songs, ‘Die Winterreise’ (The Winter Journey) towards the end of his life.
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