Born in Vienna, January 31, 1797;
died in Vienna, November 19, 1828
Austrian composer Franz Peter Schubert is considered to be the last great composer from the Viennese Classical school of music and is one of the earliest innovators of Romantic music. Even though he lived only 31 years, he was able to write over six hundred romantic songs, "lieder," as well as several symphonies, sonatas, string quartets, operas and many other musical works. Schubert's work is classified by its lyricism and melodic exploration.