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Title: Franz Schubert : The Story of the Boy Who Wrote Beautiful Songs
Author: Tapper, Thomas
Language: English
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                            CHILD'S OWN BOOK
                          _of Great Musicians_


                             THOMAS TAPPER

                          THEODORE PRESSER CO.
                          1712 CHESTNUT STREET

                          HOW TO USE THIS BOOK

This book is one of a series known as the CHILD'S OWN BOOK OF GREAT
MUSICIANS, written by Thomas Tapper, author of "Pictures from the Lives
of the Great Composers for Children," "Music Talks with Children,"
"First Studies in Music Biography," and others.

The sheet of illustrations included herewith is to be cut apart by the
child, and each illustration is to be inserted in its proper place
throughout the book, pasted in the space containing the same number as
will be found under each picture on the sheet. It is not necessary to
cover the entire back of a picture with paste. Put it only on the
corners and place neatly within the lines you will find printed around
each space. Use photographic paste, if possible.

After this play-work is completed there will be found at the back of the
book blank pages upon which the child is to write his own story of the
great musician, based upon the facts and questions found on the previous

The book is then to be sewed by the child through the center with the
cord found in the enclosed envelope. The book thus becomes the child's
own book.

This series will be found not only to furnish a pleasing and interesting
task for the children, but will teach them the main facts with regard to
the life of each of the great musicians--an educational feature worth

                   *       *       *       *       *

This series of the Child's Own Book of Great Musicians includes at
present a book on each of the following:

    Bach                    Grieg                   Mozart
    Beethoven               Handel                  Nevin
    Brahms                  Haydn                   Schubert
    Chopin                  Liszt                   Schumann
    Dvorák                  MacDowell               Tschaikowsky
    Foster                  Mendelssohn             Verdi

                          Printed in U. S. A.

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                             Franz Schubert

             The Story of the Boy Who Wrote Beautiful Songs

                         This Book was made by


                          Theodore Presser Co.
                           1712 Chestnut Str.

                  Copyright, 1916, by THEO. PRESSER CO.
                         Printed in the U.S.A.

                      [Illustration: No. 1
                      Cut the picture of Schubert
                        from the sheet of pictures.
                      Paste in here.
                      Write the composer's name
                        below and the dates also.]





            The Story of the Boy Who Wrote Beautiful Songs.

One might say of Schubert that he was born with a spring of melody in
his heart and a song on his lips.

Can anyone make a melody more lovely than this?

                     [Illustration: No. 2
                     FROM SCHUBERT'S SONG "TROUT."]

Play it or have someone play it to you.

Is it not worth remembering all one's life?

Schubert composed many kinds of music, but his songs are most loved by

They are sung all over the world.

And just because he never let a song come from his lips that did not
first come from his heart.

Is not this a jolly one?

                   [Illustration: No. 3
                   FROM SCHUBERT'S SONG "WANDERING."]

Schubert's full name was FRANZ PETER SCHUBERT.

He was born in Vienna, in a very simple house that looks quite

Over the doorway there is a bust of Schubert, a few inches high.

And a sign on the house says: Franz Schubert's Birthplace.

                     [Illustration: No. 4
                     FRANZ SCHUBERT'S BIRTHPLACE.]

Dates are easy to remember if we write them. So you must ask your
teacher when Schubert was born and put in the date in the next sentence.

Franz Schubert was born in.........

At that time the great American authors Washington Irving, James
Fenimore Cooper, and William Cullen Bryant were all boys.

                          [Illustration: No. 5

                          [Illustration: No. 6

                          [Illustration: No. 7

You may not know so much about them now, but some day they will be quite
as good friends as any you will ever make.

Even though these boys were a little older than Franz Schubert, let us
always think of them together.

Then, of course, we should think of Schubert together with the composers
who lived when he did.

Here are some whose names you can remember very easily.

                          [Illustration: No. 8
                          VON WEBER.]

                          [Illustration: No. 9

                          [Illustration: No. 10

                          [Illustration: No. 11

Czerny was born in the year 1794, and wrote many studies for the piano.

How much older was he than Franz Schubert?

Von Weber wrote operas and conducted them himself. He was born eleven
years before Schubert.

Rossini was an Italian composer of operas, born in 1792, five years
before Schubert. Schubert's life was so short, however, that Rossini
lived forty years longer than the great song writer.

Donizetti was an Italian opera composer. One of his well-known operas
was Lucia di Lammermoor. He was born in 1797, just as Schubert was.

Franz's father was a schoolmaster, and so was Franz himself for three

He taught the little children of Vienna their A-B-C's, and how to do
sums. Of course, he helped them to learn to read.

Sometimes we find it quite hard to take one piano lesson or violin
lesson a week.

But from the time when Franz Schubert was a very little boy he had
lessons every week for violin, voice, and piano.

A little later he began to study harmony with a very famous man who knew
Mozart. His name was ANTONIO SALIERI.

                          [Illustration: No. 12
                          ANTONIO SALIERI.]

With so many lessons and with school work just as we have it, Franz must
have been a very busy boy.

He was quite poor and often very hungry; but in spite of that he was
always good natured and full of fun.

At eleven years of age he became a singer in the chapel of the Emperor.
It was here that Salieri was director.

Franz sang in the choir until he was nearly seventeen. Then he became a
schoolmaster, because, of course, he had to earn his living.

Wherever he was Franz was thinking music and composing it. Once he wrote
a song called _The Serenade_ at a table outside an inn.

An artist has made a picture of this.

                   [Illustration: No. 13
                   SCHUBERT WRITING "THE SERENADE."]

Once Schubert was seen by his boyhood friends busily writing a new song.
So quick did he write that the ink was hardly dry on one sheet before
the next one was done. He was writing the music to a beautiful fairy
poem by the great German poet Goethe. The poem is called _The Erl-King_,
and tells how the fairy Erl-King chases a father who is rushing on
horseback with his dying child in his arms. Finally, just as the father
reaches his courtyard the child dies. It is a beautiful song sung by the
greatest singers.

Goethe, the great poet, is not known to have met Schubert. He paid
little attention to his music.

Here is his picture.

                        [Illustration: No. 14
                        JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE.]

Sometime you will learn about Joseph Haydn, who died in Vienna when
little Franz was twelve years old. Papa Haydn, as he was called, was
music master in a famous family called the Esterhazys.

Let us put a picture of Joseph Haydn here just to remember that he was
an old man of seventy-seven when little Franz was a boy of twelve.

                         [Illustration: No. 15
                         JOSEPH HAYDN.]

Well, Franz Schubert also lived for a time with the Esterhazy family. He
was piano teacher to the children of Count Johann. Franz was then
twenty-one years old.

In what year was he twenty-one?

A good friend of Schubert's was Michael Vogl. He was a famous singer,
who did all he could to make Schubert's songs known.

They took little vacation trips together and were good companions. When
you read more about this singer's friendship for Franz Schubert you will
like him for being so kind to one who had very little pleasure in life.

He looks like a good friend even in a picture--do you not think so?

                         [Illustration: No. 16

Once when Schubert and Vogl were enjoying a vacation tour in the
mountains, Franz read Scott's _Lady of the Lake_, which was printed in
the year 1810, when Schubert was thirteen years old.

Schubert set some of this poem to music. A fact you will remember when
you read it in school.

Perhaps you could remember at the same time that Scott was a little
older than Schubert and just one year younger than Beethoven.

Beethoven lived in Vienna at that time and Schubert with two friends
went to see him. Beethoven was very deaf, and those who met him had to
write down what they wanted to say with a large pencil, such as is used
by carpenters. Schubert was so modest and nervous upon meeting the great
master that he could not even write his replies.

Here is the picture of the way Beethoven looked as he walked down the
street in those days:

                         [Illustration: No. 17
                         BEETHOVEN IN VIENNA.]

Once when Schubert was very ill a friend sent him some books to read.
They were _The Last of the Mohicans_, _The Spy_, _The Pilot_, and _The

Now these books were written by the American author, whose name you must
find for yourself.

                         [Illustration: No. 18
                         SCHUBERT'S WORK ROOM.]

See what a simple work room Schubert had. Here are his Clavier and chair
and a few books.

Schubert had music in his mind and soul all the time. It is said that
one of his favorite walks was down by a mill, where he was inspired to
write some beautiful songs.

                         [Illustration: No. 19

This is the way that Franz Schubert wrote his name.

                         [Illustration: No. 20]

                   *       *       *       *       *


When you have read this page and the next make a story about Schubert's
life. Write it in your own words. When you are quite sure you cannot
improve it, copy it on pages 14, 15, and 16.

1. Schubert was born in Vienna.

2. His birthday was January 31, 1797.

3. He died in Vienna in 1828.

4. When Schubert was born Beethoven was twenty-seven years old.

5. Schubert was a schoolmaster.

6. He had his first music lessons from his father, who was also a
schoolmaster and who played the violin.

7. His brother taught him to play the piano, and he studied singing so
as to join the Emperor's Choir.

8. Then he studied harmony with a famous man named Salieri.

9. When Franz was thirteen he composed two piano pieces, at fourteen he
wrote two songs, and when he was sixteen he wrote a symphony.

10. When he was eighteen Franz wrote more than a hundred songs.

11. He composed _The Erl-King_ when he was nineteen.

12. In all, Schubert wrote over six hundred songs, lots of piano pieces,
nine symphonies, and many other compositions.

13. What other composer also wrote nine symphonies? Perhaps you may not
know this; if not, ask your teacher.

14. Schubert made many good friends.

15. With them and his music he found all his happiness.

16. Once when he was very ill he read some books by an American author.
Do you remember the author's name?

17. Do you remember the name of any one of the books?

18. One of Schubert's most beautiful symphonies was called _The
Unfinished_, because he did not live to complete it.

                      TEN QUESTIONS ABOUT SCHUBERT.

1. Where was Schubert born?

2. When was Schubert born?

3. Name two American authors who were boys when Schubert was born.

4. Name two composers who lived at the same time.

5. What was the father of Franz Schubert?

6. Who taught Schubert harmony?

7. Give the name of a famous song by Schubert.

8. What famous musician died in Vienna when Schubert was twelve years

9. Who was the noted singer who helped to make Schubert's songs famous?

10. When did Schubert die?


    Written by....................................

    On (date).....................................

                         [Illustration: No. 21]

Transcriber's Notes:

In the list of composers in the instructions on how to use the book, the
"r with a caron" in the name Dvorák was replaced with a regular "r".

On page 7, "WOLFANG" was replaced with "WOLFGANG"

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