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Influenced by the literature and painting of the era 19th-century music was marked by intensely personal expressions of emotion In order to state their individuality with greater freedom composers disregarded the limits of set forms They enjoyed writing music that was more pictorial than earlier works and often attempted to imitate nature The new compositions often lacked the cheerfulness of the classical era In the search for self-expression composers of the Romantic period were aroused with a serious concern for detail Great composers of the age were Franz Schubert Richard Strauss and Giuseppe Verdi Franz Schubert was one of the originators of the Romantic style The Viennese composer was also the greatest of the postclassicists He served as a bridge between the two eras He turned poems into music easily He wrote eight songs in one day 146 in a single year more than 600 in his lifetime His compositions brought the art of German songwriting to its peak Franz Peter Schubert was born in Himmelpfortgrund near Vienna Austria on Jan 31 1797 His father was head of the parish school Young Schubert learned to play the piano violin and viola and he played the viola in the family string quartet At the age of seven he became a boy soprano in the village choir Four years later his singing won him a place in the Vienna court choir--now known as the Vienna Choir Boys--and preparatory school There he studied with the noted Antonio Salieri He became first violinist in the school orchestra He began to compose regularly when he was about 13 When he was 16 his voice changed and he had to leave the imperial school He taught until 1818 in his fathers school Then he gave up this work and lived only for music Schubert was always poor He applied twice without success for a position as an orchestral conductor He wrote several operas in an effort to earn money
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