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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
CDH55360Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 31 – Christine Brewer
CDJ33031
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 8 – Sarah Walker
CDJ33008Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Schubert: An introduction to The Hyperion Schubert Edition
HYP200Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP202CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Bertas Lied in der Nacht, D653 (Schubert)
Italien  
Mirjams Siegesgesang, D942 (Schubert)
Nacht umhüllt  
Rührt die Zimbel, schlagt die Saiten  
Schöner und schöner schmückt sich der Plan  
Ständchen, D920 (Schubert)
Twelve Songs, Op 8 (Mendelssohn)
Zögernd leise  
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