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[1797 - 1828]

link to biography of Schubert

Lebenstürme (Storms of Life) D. 947 (1828)
opus posthumous

arranged for symphony orchestra by Mark Starr
from Schubert's original for piano 4-hands

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Composed by Schubert for piano 4-hands in 1828, the year of his death, Lebensstürme (Storms of Life) was one of several major works recovered in manuscript from the composer's personal belongings by Schubert's brother Ferdinand, and published post-humously.  Like Schubert's Grand Duo (another late score for piano 4-hands,) Lebensstürme is orchestral in conception and symphonic in scope. In one movement,  it lasts about 16 minutes (including the exposition repeat.)

The Grand Duo was orchestrated by Joseph Joachim under the supervision of Brahms, at the behest of Schumann.  Mark Starr has orchestrated Lebensstürme in the majestic manner of Schubert's "Great" C Major Symphony, with important roles for trombones and trumpets -- as befitting the music's monumental and dramatic character.

The full score is available for perusal, audition and purchase, downloading and printing on www.sibeliusmusic.com. Here is the link to the score.


The instrumental parts are available on rental only for specific performances/recordings, from Noteworthy Musical Editions, 132 Loucks Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022-1045 USA. Tel.
650-948-2060. Email: noteworthy@zasu.us.


2 flutes
2 oboes
2 clarinets
2 bassoons
4 horns
2 trumpets
3 trombones

duration: 16 minutes with exposition repeat; 11 minutes without exposition repeat