The little mushroom's songs (1797)


 
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Wednesday, 31 January 2018


1797 -

On the 31st of January in 1797, the famous Austrian composer Franz Schubert was born. Today, in 2018, the man would've turned 221 years old, which might not be a likely age someone will ever reach; yet, his music did make it that far. The young musician would evolve into a true masterpiece composer.



Composing a masterpiece
As a 17-year-old he had already written his first masterpiece and at 19, Franz commenced his studies to become a lawyer and at the same time started writing his Symphony no.5. He dropped out of law school and fully invested his life in music.

Meet and greet
The young man was admired for his classical compositions and songs; 988 to be exact. People were sometimes rather surprised to find out that the great man behind the piano was actually pretty short. He did compensate his lack of height with his prosperous body, for which he got the nickname 'Schwammerl'; German for 'little mushroom'.
Schubert didn't grow very old, but nevertheless made a reputation back in his days. He even invented his own music-related parties: 'Schubertiads', which were actually meet and greet parties before the concept existed. Fans and friends would assemble and he would show them his new creations.



360 trivial fact
One of his pieces of music, The Great Symphony, was reportedly first played after his death. Yet the piece proved so difficult that the London violinists 'collapsed in laughter' during an attempt to play the Symphony's finale.

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