Born on January 31, 1797, in Vienna, Franz Schubert is one of the most significant composers of the early Romantic era. Despite his brief life – he died at the age of 31 – Schubert left behind an extensive body of work, including over 600 lieder, symphonies, chamber music, piano works, and operas. His music is characterized by its profound emotional depth and melodic beauty. Schubert had a unique talent for infusing classical forms with new, personal expression. His most famous works include the "Unfinished" Symphony, the "Trout Quintet," "Winterreise," and "Ave Maria." Although Schubert was only known to a small circle during his lifetime, his music gained widespread recognition after his death and profoundly influenced the course of music history.