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Born: 1797, Vienna, AustriaDied: 1828, Vienna, Austria"O imagination! thou greatest treasure of man, thou inexhaustible wellspring from which artists as well as savants drink!"A composer of prodigious invention and originality, Schubert made major contributions to symphonic music, chamber music, and piano music, and raised German song — composing nearly 1000! — to new heights. His music is characterized by fluent, utterly apt lyricism sharpened by a richly expressive harmonic language. The great flowering of Lieder in Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler, and Richard Strauss stems directly from Schubert’s astonishing songs, and the “Great” C-major Symphony had a profound influence on Schumann, Brahms, and Mahler.Further listening:Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 (1828)Sir András Schiff, fortepiano (ECM)String Quartet No. 14 in D minor,“Death and the Maiden,” D. 810 (1824)Amadeus Quartet (DG)