Franz Peter Schubert (January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828), was an
Austrian composer. He wrote some six hundred romantic songs as well as many
symphonies, sonatas, some operas and many other works. Public appreciation
of his work during his lifetime for a long time was thought to be limited,
but when he died at the age of 31 over 100 of his compositions had already
appeared in print. He was never able to secure adequate permanent employment
and for most of his life was supported by friends or employed by his father.
Today, with his imaginative, lyrical and melodical style, he is counted
among the most gifted composers of the 19th century.