Personalities | Johann Schobert | Classical Era | Classical

(Yo’-han Sho’-bârt) c. 1735–66
German composer

Schobert went to Paris about 1760 and became established as a harpsichordist and composer in the employment of the Prince of Conti. He wrote 43 sonatas (or sinfonias) for harpsichord – most of them with accompaniments for strings – and five harpsichord concertos; they are warm and fresh in expression and often technically demanding. Mozart drew on them for his early concerto arrangements. Schobert died, along with his family, from eating poisonous mushrooms.

Recommended Recording:
Quartets, Trios, Sonatas, Luigi Sgrizzi, Chiara Banchini, Ensemble 415 (Harmonia Mundi)

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