In 1815, an 18-year-old student of
Antonio Salieri named Franz Schubert was making a meagre living teaching
children in the outskirts of Vienna. Although still a teenager, Schubert's
setting of Die Erlkönig was revolutionary in every way, from the virtuoso-like
relationship of voice to the keyboard to the portrayal of multiple narrators in
Goethe's text, setting the course for an entire genre that took piano, voice,
and text-setting to a higher level of artistry than ever before.
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