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Thursday, January 3, 2013

THE STORY OF FRANZ SCHUBERT, Part 3

Schubert as a young man...

Franz Schubert also lived for a time with the Esterhazy family. He was piano teacher to the children of Count Johann. Franz was then twenty-one years old.

In what year was he twenty-one?

A good friend of Schubert's was Michael Vogl. He was a famous singer, who did all he could to make Schubert's songs known.

They took little vacation trips together and were good companions. When you read more about this singer's friendship for Franz Schubert you will like him for being so kind to one who had very little pleasure in life.

He looks like a good friend even in a picture—do you not think so?

SCHUBERT ACCOMPANYING VOGL AS HE SINGS.

Once when Schubert and Vogl were enjoying a vacation tour in the mountains, Franz read Scott's Lady of the Lake, which was printed in the year 1810, when Schubert was thirteen years old.

Schubert set some of this poem to music. A fact you will remember when you read it in school.

Perhaps you could remember at the same time that Scott was a little older than Schubert and just one year younger than Beethoven.

Beethoven lived in Vienna at that time and Schubert with two friends went to see him. Beethoven was very deaf, and those who met him had to write down what they wanted to say with a large pencil, such as is used by carpenters. Schubert was so modest and nervous upon meeting the great master that he could not even write his replies.

Here is the picture of the way Beethoven looked as he walked down the street in those days:

BEETHOVEN IN VIENNA.

Once when Schubert was very ill a friend sent him some books to read. They were The Last of the Mohicans, The Spy, The Pilot, and The Pioneer.

Now these books were written by the American author, whose name you must find for yourself.

SCHUBERT'S WORK ROOM.

See what a simple work room Schubert had. Here are his Clavier and chair and a few books.

Schubert had music in his mind and soul all the time. It is said that one of his favorite walks was down by a mill, where he was inspired to write some beautiful songs.

SCHUBERT BY THE MILL IN THE WOODS.

This is the way that Franz Schubert wrote his name.


Listening begins in the next post!

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