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The life and times of Franz Peter Schubert
Bankston, John, 1974-
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Bear, Del. : Mitchell Lane Publishers, [2004]

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48 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm.
A biography of the nineteenth-century Austrian composer.
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ML3930.S38 B25 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Born just a few years after Wolfgang Mozart died, Franz Schubert had a lot in common with the famous composer. Schubert was also a gifted child who astonished adults with his musical ability. As a teen, Schubert was taught by one of Mozart's rivals. And like Mozart, Schubert's life ended prematurely and was filled with struggle. Still, while Mozart was celebrated across Europe, Schubert was almost completely unknown until just a few years before his death. Mozart worked as a court composer; Schubert couldn't get a job. The challenges of Schubert's life inspired his art -- music which is today performed across the world. Schubert's life, his challenges and his compositions are all reasons he is considered one of our great composers. Book jacket.

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Booklist Review

Reviewed with Susan Zannos' The Life and Times of Franz Joseph Haydn. Gr. 4-6. Books in the Masters of Music series are reasonably successful: many pictures from historical sources, chronologies, selected works, time lines, and short bibliographies. Each book opens with a characteristic vignette of the composer's life, and the straight narrative has various sidebar pages that provide historical background and notes of interest. Schubert, who adored Beethoven, had difficulty making a living, but he enjoyed the elaborate parties of his friends where he could play his music. He died at 32 of alcohol and syphyllis. Haydn's cheerful nature stood him through early struggles and the trouble of dealing with several princes. He was a prolific composer, and Zannos relishes telling the stories of the Miracle Symphony and the Farewell Symphony. Some awkward sentences and a few typos mar the prose, and there's an overuse of the two-color scheme and a profusion of fonts in the design, but these books will have appeal for young music aficionados. --GraceAnne DeCandido Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-These inviting biographies open with an attention-grabbing chapter that provides a glimpse of the composer's life. Bankston describes how the little-known Schubert idolized Beethoven and even attended his funeral. Zannos relates how Vienna adored the angry artistry of a young and passionate Beethoven. These introductions set the tone for each book, which then proceeds from childhood to fame (or lack of) and then death. Interesting sidebars cover related topics, such as Napoleon and French expansion, the origins of Viennese coffee houses, and political revolution (Schubert); the history of the piano, the Enlightenment, and chamber music (Beethoven). These solid, well-written texts place their subjects within historical time periods and explain important political and social events. Full-color reproductions of period artworks and bright borders in primary colors add to the appeal of these volumes.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Idolizing Beethovenp. 7
FYInfo: The Romanticsp. 11
Chapter 2 A Positive Notep. 13
FYInfo: French Expansionp. 21
Chapter 3 The Dreamp. 23
FYInfo: Goethep. 29
Chapter 4 Some Bad Choicesp. 31
FYInfo: Revolutionsp. 35
Chapter 5 This is the Endp. 37
FYInfo: Coffee Peoplep. 41
Selected Worksp. 42
Chronologyp. 43
Timeline in Historyp. 44
Further Readingp. 46
Works Consultedp. 46
Glossaryp. 47
Indexp. 48