During the period of 1800- 1850, many well- known composers and musicians have been thought to be the most prominent persons of their time. Franz Schubert and his work came to be known following his death. This paper will explain how Franz Schubert was the most influential musician in transit from the Classical Era to the Romantic Era. Schubert’s development of Lieder and cyclic form makes him the most influential musician of the Romantic Era.
Franz Peter Schubert was born in 1797 in a city just outside of Vienna, Austria. He was one of five (surviving) children. His father, Franz Theodore Schubert, a schoolmaster who taught (Franz Peter) Schubert to play the violin and the piano at a young age. His older brother Ignaz …show more content…
He continued to write, but now it was obsessively. Unsuccessful and fruitless, he returned to teaching privately for a family he had taught once before. After being denied time and time again, he had the opportunity to visit Ludwig Van Beethoven whom he idolized, just before he died. Schubert seemed to become revived and his health began to improve. He was finally able to hold a public concert on March 26th, 1828 at Vienna's Musikverein. It was a success financially, and was well received by critics. Shortly after, Schubert became ill and died at age 31.
I order to identify the changes and contributions made by Schubert during the transition from Classical to Romantic, we must first explore the transit itself. During Schubert’s time, the most influential movement in history was taking place- The French Revolution. During the French revolution, everything in society was shifting- politics, social classes, culture and religion, literature, visual art, and music. This movement evolved from emotion, and favored imagination over reason. It was named the Romantic Era. During the Romantic Era, music became more expressive, artistic, philosophical, and emotional. Music was played with unresolved dissonance, lied, increased number of sections and instruments in an orchestra, vivid contrasts, or an extensive use of chromaticism. These characteristic were appalling to those who supported classicism. Schubert was on the cusp of this