He was a composer who had to practice the piano at a piano
manufacturer’s showroom because his family was too poor to afford an
instrument of their own. He was raised in a Protestant home and was very
familiar with the Bible, studying the Scriptures into his adulthood.
And his friendship with composer and musicians Robert and Clara Schumann
started when he was only twenty years old, but continued until Clara’s
death less than one year before his own passing. He even stayed with
Clara’s seven children so she could resume her career as a concert
pianist and support her family after Robert’s death. Moreover, he is a
composer who has the rare distinction of having his own lullaby named
after him. Who is this shy bachelor who composed over 250 works?
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If ever there was an absent-minded musician, it was Franz Schubert. He
was known to write music on anything within reach: a tablecloth, a menu,
any scrap of paper. Franz slept with his glasses on so that he didn’t
have to waste time searching for them in the morning. As a teacher in
his father’s school, he would spend class time composing music, rather
than teaching the six-year-olds their daily lessons.
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Though his name is utterly French (pronounced SHOW-pan), his
music frequently recalls the dances, tunes, and patriotism of his Polish
upbringing. He is called the “poet of the piano” for the lyrical
compositions he wrote almost exclusively for the piano. And his “Minute
Waltz” remains one of the most challenging pieces of any piano
Posted by Administrator on 9/1/2012
One composer bridged the Classical and Romantic periods of music. One
composer drank coffee daily – sixty coffee beans per cup. One composer
studied under Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Mozart. One composer dedicated a
symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte, until he learned that Napoleon had
crowned himself emperor, at which point the symphony was rededicated to
the heroic “common man.” And one composer continued writing incredible
music even after he was deaf and unable to hear his own compositions.
That composer is the complex character of Ludwig van Beethoven.
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Called a true musical prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began composing
music at the age of four, and he played in concerts across Europe at the
age of six. He had perfect pitch, enabling him to sing a note on
request or name a note when played for him. This ability became almost a
parlor game at many of his concerts. And he taught himself how to play
the violin, in addition to playing the clavier or keyboard. In his short
lifetime (only thirty-five years) he composed over six hundred pieces
in a variety of styles: operas, chorale music, symphonies, keyboard
pieces, masses, and more. After listening to a small sampling of his
works, you will readily agree that Mozart had a rare gift for creating
music – compositions that have brought joy and delight to listeners’
hearts for nearly two-and-a-half centuries.
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