Franz Schubert






    Named the “most poetic musician who ever lived” by none other than Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert represented the great composers who helped to facilitate the shift in musical paradigms between the Classical and Romantic eras. Schubert (1797-1828) was born in Vienna, Austria. He enjoyed a prolific musical output, sometimes composing up to eight songs in a single day.

    Schubert recognised his gift for music and discontinued his law studies at the age of 19 to pursue a career as a composer. However, his strict, school master father was not happy and insisted that he earned his keep by teaching at a kindergarten, a job that he was not suited for in the slightest. Despite this he managed to survive on the measly wage and set his gift for poeticism to greater heights than ever before.

    During Schubert’s lifetime, the German art song or Lied, was the trend of the moment as it could be performed in an intimate setting while still showcasing a wide range of emotions and scenarios. Using a formation of voice and piano, composers would write music to suit the text of poems and create the setting of the poem using musical imagery. Schubert was a master of the Lied, sometimes portraying the gallop of a horse through repeated notes or the rotation of a spinning wheel through a pattern of notes continuously moving up and down. 

    Over time, his popularity grew to such an extent that parties would be held with the sole purpose of playing his works. Such gatherings were called Schubertiade and the composer himself would often be found at the piano. Although his death came tragically at a time when he was finally gaining enough recognition to get his words published, his legacy lives on and holds a beloved part of our repertoire today.

    Andrea Sim
    Andrea Sim
    Andrea Sim is the music director and principal conductor of the klpac String Orchestra. A seasoned orchestral violinist, she has led and played solo with numerous orchestras and plays regularly with various chamber groups. Andrea graduated with first class honours on a full scholarship from UCSI University’s Institute of Music with a Bachelor of Classical Music (Hons) degree.
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