Beethoven And Schubert

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Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert Both Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) and Franz Schubert (1797-1828) were composers who transitioned from the Classical era to the Romantic era. Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany and both his father and grandfather were professional musicians. Similarly, Schubert grew up in a musical family, receiving the “foundations of his musical education from his father and brother Ignaz”. Both composers share similarities and differences in dealing with their musical styles, compositions, and lifestyles. Schubert wrote over six hundred Lieder, nine symphonies, liturgical music including seven masses, operas, chamber music including fifteen string quartets and piano sonatas. Beethoven also wrote piano sonatas and nine symphonies, but seemed to focus more on instrumental works such as keyboard and chamber music rather than songs. However, Beethoven’s song compositions, although overshadowed by his instrumental work, are also quite impressive. In fact, it was Beethoven rather than Schubert who initially created and influenced song styles, as “in the world of Lieder Beethoven rather than Schubert was the pioneer”. Beethoven had written a good half of his songs by 1811 and much before Schubert was even born. In their personal lives, they both had the strong support of their friends, and similarly, they were both unmarried. While Schubert was considered primarily a Romantic composer, he also was an important figure in Classical music similar to Beethoven. Although Schubert’s music was considered “subjectively emotional in the Romantic manner, poetically conceived, and revolutionary in language”, his music was cast in the “formal molds of the Classical school”. Beethoven’s music was heroic in tone while Schubert’s music was said to allow the “poetic work of art to shine through and illuminate”. Finally, Schubert had a deep respect for

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