Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras. Despite his short lifetime, Schubert left behind a vast oeuvre, including more than 600 secular vocal works, seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of piano and chamber music. 1 2 3
Franz Schubert started work very early in the morning, usually around 6 am and composed music until 1 pm. Schubert was a heavy smoker and would chain smoke during this entire period. At lunchtime, the Austrian composer drunk a strong cup of coffee and continued to smoke. And when evening came, Schubert was often found drunk – a sharp contrast to his shy and awkward sober self. In a day’s work, Schubert could sometimes write up to 65 bars and over the course of his life, until his death at age 31, Schubert completed over 950 pieces of work.