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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.
Few Schubert fans would disagree that his ninth symphony deserves the name, the ‘Great’. The title though was given just to distinguish it from another of his symphonies which is also in the key of C (known as the Little C). In a letter of March 1824, pictured, the composer did say he was preparing himself to write 'a grand symphony'.
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