Today in World History: January 31st

Franz Schubert, the Austrian composer, was born on this day in 1797. Although he died at the age of 31 in 1828, he composed many works of music, which at the time of his death totaled at more than 600 vocal pieces, a full symphony, and operas and piano music. During his life, his works were played for relatively small crowds in Vienna, but later on, especially during the times of composers such as Johannes Brahms, his works exploded with popularity, becoming one of the early 19th century’s most played composers nowadays. While composing more pieces, Schubert died, officially of typhoid fever, although other theories say tertiary syphilis. He died on the 18th of November, after not being able to eat his food, and experiencing joint pain and severe headaches. He was buried in Vienna, where he was born and later died.

“When I wished to sing of love, it turned to sorrow. And when I wished to sing of sorrow, it was transformed for me into love.”

-Franz Schubert


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