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Schubert, Franz

A nineteenth-century Austrian composer. Like Ludwig van Beethoven, he composed during the transition from the classic to the romantic period in music (see romanticism). He is known especially for his song cycles (lieder), usually written for solo voice and piano accompaniment. His best-known instrumental works are the “Unfinished” Symphony and the “Trout” Quintet.

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