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The World's Greatest Music
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’s greatest contribution to music was in the field of ‘lieder’. These 600 songs express every shade of human emotion – tenderness, drama, even evocations of the countryside. Through them Schubert demonstrated a profound appreciation of the possibilities of the human voice.
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