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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’s well-loved music for the Ave Maria was originally written to words from Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake. ‘Ellen’s Third Song’ did contain the words ‘Ave Maria’ but only in reference to the prayer itself. Schubert’s tune has been recorded by a wide range of artists from Pavarotti to Perry Como.
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