Franz Schubert

Yes, beloved Vienna, you hold in your narrow compass the dearest and most precious things in life...

A native of Vienna, Schubert was born with a rare gift for music and he dedicated his short life to that gift. Due to his mastery in setting poetry to music and bringing the story to light, he is perhaps most renowned for writing more than 600 art songs and several song cycles. In addition to songs, he composed impromptus, twenty two piano sonatas, a number of short piano pieces, eight symphonies, thirty five chamber pieces as well as choral music. His well-known masterworks are 'Gretchen am Spinnrade' (Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel), penned at the age of seventeen, 'Marche Militaire' (Military March) and the so-called 'Rosamunde' theme.