Youthful Symphony for Schubert’s Birthday

Schubert by Wilhelm August Rieder 1875, after his own 1825 watercolor portrait(Photo: Wikipedia)
Schubert by Wilhelm August Rieder 1875, after his own 1825 watercolor portrait(Photo: Wikipedia)

Perhaps Franz Schubert is one of the eternally young composers, since he was only 31 when he passed away in 1828.  The freshness, vitality, and inexhaustible creativity of his music certainly place him in the pantheon of the eternally great composers.  He was born on this date in 1797.

Boyce Lancaster, in his recent blog post, mentions a conversation with Jennifer Hambrick in which the famous Trout Quintet is referred to as heavenly perfection in music.  The Schubert I have for you this evening is from four years earlier and expresses a good bit of influence of the composers he loved the most, Haydn, Mozart, and early Beethoven.

On Symphony @ 7, we have a youthful work composed when he was 18, the Symphony No. 3 in D from 1815.  Rossini’s operas were popular in Vienna at the time, and there’s a bit of influence from there as well.  Join me for this delightful, relatively early piece by Franz Schubert.  Here’s a sample:

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