• Full title:   An die Musik and portrait of Franz Schubert
  • Published:   1827
  • Formats:  Music
  • Creator:   Franz Schubert
  • Usage terms Public Domain
  • Held by  British Library
  • Shelfmark:   Zweig MS 81


Franz Schubert (1797–1828) composed more than 600 songs in his short life, the first at the age of 14 and the last shortly before his death, aged 31, in November 1828.

‘An die Musik’ (‘To Music’), which Schubert wrote in 1817, is one of his most famous songs, popular both for its beautiful melody and its lyrics – penned by Schubert's near namesake, Franz von Schober – about the power of music to ‘kindle the heart to warm love’ and carry us into a better world. Schubert wrote two versions of the song. Shown here is the second version.