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Franz Grillparzer

born: 15 January 1791
died: 21 January 1872
country: Austria

Franz Grillparzer was one of Schubert's most famous and celebrated contemporaries. His plays still hold the stage, particularly in his native Austria. Like Schubert, he was born in Vienna, but unlike the composer he moved in a milieu of well-connected aristocratie privilege. Despite his work in the Court Library Service he was never a great favourite with the Establishment, and was capable of enraging the powers-that-were with his writings. His relationships with women were turbulent and manifold, but the most important of them was his lifelong friendship (never quite extended to marriage) with Kathi Fröhlich, sister of Anna and 'Pepi' who feature strongly in Schubert's story. Grillparzer was quite a close friend of Beethoven (the reason that Fischer-Dieskau puts forward for Schubert's wariness in his relationship with the poet) and provided him with Melusina as a libretto. Although primarily known as a man of the theatre, Grillparzer wrote a number of Novellen, as well as a good deal of poetry. He had a long and distinguished life; he was in contact with almost every important German man of letters, and he was widely travelled and much honoured. He wrote the somewhat controversial epigram on Schubert's tombstone 'The art of music here entombed a rich possession, but even fairer hopes'. Although well-meant, this facile phrase suggests a lack of inside knowledge of the composer's output, but it was, after all, a viewpoint shared even by those who knew Schubert better.

from notes by Graham Johnson 1990

Albums
'Mendelssohn: Lieder' (CDH55360)
Mendelssohn: Lieder
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55360  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Schubert: The Complete Songs' (CDS44201/40)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
Buy by post £150.00 CDS44201/40  40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)  
'Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 31 – Christine Brewer' (CDJ33031)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 31 – Christine Brewer
Buy by post £10.50 CDJ33031 
'Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 8 – Sarah Walker' (CDJ33008)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 8 – Sarah Walker
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDJ33008  Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40  
'Schubert: An introduction to The Hyperion Schubert Edition' (HYP200)
Schubert: An introduction to The Hyperion Schubert Edition
HYP200  Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
'The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2' (HYP20)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
HYP20  2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Bertas Lied in der Nacht, D653 (Schubert)
Italien  No 3 of Twelve Songs, Op 8 (Mendelssohn)
Mirjams Siegesgesang, D942 (Schubert)
Nacht umhüllt  First line to Bertas Lied in der Nacht, D653 (Schubert)
Rührt die Zimbel, schlagt die Saiten  First line to Mirjams Siegesgesang, D942 (Schubert)
Schöner und schöner schmückt sich der Plan  First line to Italien, No 3 of Twelve Songs, Op 8 (Mendelssohn)
Ständchen, D920 (Schubert)
Twelve Songs, Op 8 (Mendelssohn)
Zögernd leise  First line to Ständchen, D920 (Schubert)
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