The Austrian composer Franz Schubert was born January 31, 1797, near Vienna in Himmelpfortgrund. He would die in Vienna of typhus at the age of 31. A shy man, who is said to have given only one public concert, he is often over shadowed by others like Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, and Chopin. His 600 Lieder (romantic songs) are probably his greatest legacy but he also wrote significant chamber works and piano pieces. There are only a smattering of short solo dances, marches or serenades by Schubert that an average piano student will encounter. His Impromptus are popular with students who gain that level of facility as well as with concert pianists. His Sonatas and the Wanderer Fantasy are ‘big’ works demanding very accomplished performers.
Here are 3 YouTube clips of Schubert being played by some past piano greats:
Rudolf Serkin – Piano Sonata in B flat