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Franz Schubert, one of the famous friends of Salomon Sulzer
At the time when Salomon Sulzer was appointed at the City Temple in Vienna, Vienna was the world capital of music. Alongside many other significant musicians and composers, Ludwig van Beethoven und Franz Schubert also lived in this city. The Viennese world of music quickly became aware of Sulzer’s unusually great voice. Many famous musicians were amongst Sulzer’s admirers. Listed below are a few of his most famous friends:
Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
The former Viennese choirboy showed a remarkable gift for composing very early on. By the age of 18 he had written 144 songs. By the end of his life he had composed more than 600 songs. Salomon Sulzer was regarded as a gifted interpreter of Schubert’s songs and performed at the so-called "Schubertiaden” (musical soirées devoted to Schubert’s music). In his final year before dying Schubert wrote the 92nd Psalm in Hebrew for Sulzer’s “Schir Zion”. In addition to his songs, Schubert also composed outstanding piano music and nine symphonies. However, the recognition that should have been fitting to him was barely given to him during his lifetime. Schubert died at the age of only 31 years. Only after his death was his genius rightly recognized and appreciated.
Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)
Although he did not start taking piano lessons until the age of six, Franz Liszt was still regarded as a child prodigy. His talent was recognized and given direction by a number of well-known teachers in Vienna. Liszt travelled all over Europe and was received enthusiastically due to his technical expertise in playing the piano.
He hugely admired Salomon Sulzer. Evidence of this can be found in a written document in which Liszt reports on a visit to the synagogue where he heard Sulzer’s voice. In 1846 he accompanied Sulzer on the piano to songs by Franz Schubert. Franz Liszt was not only held in high regard as a brilliant pianist but also as the creator of a large number of orchestral and piano compositions.
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)
The German composer only decided on pursuing a musical career at the age of 20. Being paralysed prevented him from becoming a piano virtuoso. Schumann was married to pianist Clara Weck. He composed four symphonies and many works for the piano.
Niccolò Paganini (1782 – 1840)
The Italian created wonders with his violin. His concert tours took him all over Europe and made a star out of him at that time.
Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 – 1864)
The Jewish composer Meyerbeer composed several operas. He enjoyed his greatest success in France where he spent a long time working as an opera director.
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