He was born in a little village near Vienna on January 1st, 1797. When still a child, he began the study of music under the tutelage of his father who had some knowledge of violin playing. Franz possessed a fine soprano voice and thus gained admittance to the St Stephen's choir school in Vienna, where he was given instruction in singing and learnt something of composition. He continued here till sixteen, when his voice broke.
He was, to a great extent a self-educated musician. He seemed to learn by intuition and caused one of his instructors to remark that "whenever (he) wanted to teach Franz something (he) found that he had already learnt it." One of the masters, whom he was taught by was Antonio Salieri, a contemporary of Mozart and court composer at the Habsburg Court in Salzburg. G n j
The value of Schubert's songs was first discovered by Vogl, a famous tenor singer in Vienna. It was he who persuaded Schubert to leave the school drudgery and devote himself entirely to music. Soon, Schubert took his advice and went to Vienna where he formed the League of David', which was a group of literally and musically inclined young men; he soon became the ring leader of the League. From this time on, his career was one of unbroken composition.
The lied is distinguished from the earlier forms of solo song (aria, ode) in this respect, that the word-text and not the music appears as the chief element....