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b Vienna, 31 January 1797
d Vienna, 19 November 1828, aged thirty-one

His father was a schoolmaster and a keen amateur musician; Franz learned violin from him and piano from his elder brother. In 1808 he was accepted as a choirboy in the court chapel; then he became a schoolteacher, composing in his spare time. His songs attracted immediate attention, and in 1816 he temporarily gave up teaching in order to compose. In 1818 he had the opportunity to teach music to the children of Count Esterhazy, and so he moved to Hungary. However, he soon missed his beloved Vienna and his great circle of friends, and went back horn e. In 1822 he became ill with syphilis, but it was typhoid that ultimately killed him.

1811 (14)


1812 (15)

Eine Kleine Trauermusik, nonet


String Quartets No 1-3 in Bb: C: Bb

Sonata movement for piano trio in Bb major

1813 (16)

Symphony No 1 in D major

Minuet and Finale of a wind octet in F major

String Quartets No 4-6, in C: Bb: D

Three Sonatinas for violin and piano in D: Am: Gm

Five German Dances, with coda and seven trios

Five Minuets with six trios

Des Teufels Lustschloss, opera (1813-14)

1814 (17)

Quartet for flute, guitar, viola and cello, in G major

String Quartets No 7 and 8, in D: Bb

'Gretchen am Spinnade' (Gretchen at the Spinning-wheel), song

1815 (18)

Symphony No 2 in Eb major

Symphony No 3 in D major

String Quartet No 9 in G minor

Piano Sonatas No 1 and 2, in E: C

'Der Erlkonig', song

1816 (19)

Symphony No 4 in C minor, Tragic

Symphony No 5 in Bb major

Konzertstucke, for violin and orchestra

Rondo for violin and string quartet

String Trio (one movement)

in Bb major

Piano Sonata No 3 in E major, five movements

Adagio and Rondo Concertante, for piano quartet

1817 (20)

String Quartet No 10 in Eb major (possibly


String Quartet No 11 in E major

Violin Sonata in A major

Piano Sonata No 4 in Ab, with finale in Eb

Piano Sonata No 5 in E minor, two movements

Piano Sonata No 6 in Eb major

Piano Sonata No 7 in F# minor

Piano Sonata No 8 in B major

Piano Sonata No 9 in E minor

'An die Musik', and 'Tod und das Madchen', songs



Symphony No 6 in C major

Piano Sonatas No 10 and 11, in C: Fm (unfinished)

1819 (22)

Piano Quintet in A major, The Trout

Piano Sonata No 12 in C# minor (fragmentary)

Piano Sonata No 13 in A major

1820 (23)

Die Zauberharfe, melodrama

String Quartet No 12 in C minor

1821 (24)

Variation on a Theme by Diabelli

Symphony No 7 in E major (sketched only)

Alfonso und Estrella, opera (1821-2)

1822 (25)

Symphony No 8 in B minor, Unfinished

1823 (26)

Fierrabras, opera

Die hausliche Krieg, opera

Rosamunde, incidental music

Piano Sonata No 14 in A minor

Die Schone Mullerin, song cycle

1824 (27)

Octet in F major for strings and wind instruments

String Quartet No 13 in A minor

String Quartet No 14 in D minor, Death and the Maiden

Cello Sonata in A minor, Arpeggione

Introduction and Variations for flute and piano, in E minor



Piano Sonata No 15 in C major

Piano Sonata No 16 in A minor

Piano Sonata No 17 in D major

1826 (29)

String Quartet No 15

Piano Trio in Bb major

Rondo Brilliant, for violin and piano, in B minor

Piano Sonata No 18 in G major

1827 (30)

Piano Trio in Eb major

Phantasie, for violin and piano, in C major

Die Winterreise, song cycle

1828 (31)

Symphony No 9 in C major, The Great

Symphony No 10 (unfinished, recently discovered)

String Quintet in C major

Piano Sonata No 19 in C minor

Piano Sonata No 20 in A major

Piano Sonata No 21 in Bb major

Schwanengesang, song cycle

Schubert also composed more than 600 songs.

Two unfinished symphonies, written between his 6th and 7th, were discovered in the early 1980s.

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