By Laura Delgado
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Franz Schubert is considered the last of the classical composers and one of the first romantic ones. Schubert’s music is noted for its melody and harmony.
Born on January 31, 1797, in Himmelpfortgrund, Austria, Franz Peter Schubert, the son of a schoolmaster, received a thorough musical education and won a scholarship to a boarding school. Although he was never rich, the composer’s work gained recognition and popularity, noted for bridging classical and romantic composition. He died in 1828 in Vienna, Austria.
The piano piece, Fantasy, played with 4 hands is quiet similar to Schubert´s life. In the beginning you can appreciate that it’s very melancholic and you feel a lot of sadness. The beginning of this musician´s life was similar to this. Then, during the piece it changes a lot. It seems full of happiness. And finally, there comes the most melancholic end ever. It returns to this feeling and the music becomes more and more emotional. The life of this musician wasn’t easy at all and you can feel it in the piece.
I have also chosen this piece because Schubert composed a lot of pieces for 4 hands. Did he have a reason? Of course he did. He was in love and this is the only way to have contact with his love, because they couldn’t stay together due to her different social background. The only way to have a little piece of love was when they were playing the piano while their hands touched.
He composed a lot of pieces but I recommend you listen to:
Piano Quintet in A, D667 ‘Trout Quintet‘;
Symphony No.8 in B minor, D759 ‘Unfinished’;
Symphony No. 3 in D major; Piano sonata n. 19 in B flat D 960.
If you want to know more about Schubert, you can find more information here: http://www.biography.com/people/franz-schubert-9475558