b'Program NotescontinuedFranz Schubert (1797-1828)Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417Composed 1816On June 13, 1816 Franz Schubert wrote the following entry in his journal in response to a performance of an unnamed work by Mozart that he had heard: This day will haunt me for the rest of my life, as a bright, clear, and a lovely one. Gently, and as from a distance, the magic tones of Mozarts music sound in my ears. With what alternate force and tenderness, with what masterly power did Schlesingers playing of that music impress it deep, deep in my heart! Thus do these sweet impressions, passing into our souls, work beneficently on our inmost being, and not time, nor change of circumstance, can obliterate them. In the darkness of this life they show a light, a clear beautiful distance, from which we gather confidence and hope. O Mozart, immortal Mozart! how many and what countless images of a brighter, better world hast thou stamped upon our souls!It is touching to hear Schuberts reverence of Mozart, who died in Vienna just six years before his birth. When he wrote this, the nineteen-year-old Schubert had just finished his Symphony No. 4, the Tragic Symphony, a few months earlier in April 1816. He had already composed over four hundred works, including several of the songs for which he is famous today, such as Gretchen am Spinnrade and Erlknig. Born in Vienna into a family of amateur musicians, Schuberts talent was recognized and fostered early, with lessons on the violin, piano, organ, singing, and harmony. In 1808, Schubert was selected as a member of the imperial court chapel choir, which included the opportunity to study at the Stadtkonvikt, one of the best schools in Vienna. There he received regular composition lessons with the court composer and Kapellmeister, Antonio Salieri, a contemporary of Mozarts and a teacher of Beethoven. The school had a pickup orchestra, of which Schubert soon became concertmaster, and which he occasionally conducted. Here he was exposed to orchestral music by Haydn, Mozart, and the early Beethoven symphonies. When Schuberts voice broke in 1813, he went to work for his father as an assistant school teacher, but he didnt enjoy the work and sought a way to support himself as a musician. Despite his prodigious and brilliant compositional output, Schubert was to struggle financially throughout his brief life.princetonsymphony.org/ 17/ princetonfestival.org'