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Franz Peter Schubert

Composer's World S.

By (author) Wendy Thompson
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Faber Music Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Published: 19th Aug 1991
Dimensions: w 220mm h 265mm d 4mm
Reading age: 12+
ISBN-10: 0571511988
ISBN-13: 9780571511983
Barcode No: 9780571511983
Among the torch-bearers in the funeral pocession of Ludwig van Beethoven was a small, stocky young man of thirty, with curly dark hair and spectacles. For Franz Schubert, carrying the torch was simply an act of private and public homage; but we can now see that it had a far deeper significance. The torch of Beethoven's genius had been passed on to Schubert - the last great Viennese composer of the late 18th century. This illustrated biography of Schubert's brief, but astonishing, career is set against the colourful background of Metternich's Vienna. Music extracts include some of his most memorable melodies, among them the "Unfinished Symphony", "Rosamunde", the C Major Quintet and songs such as "Heindenroslein".

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