List of compositions by Franz Schubert by genre

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This is a partial list of compositions by Franz Schubert (1797–1828), organized by their genre. A complete list of Schubert's works arranged by "D number" (see below), is available in the following two articles:

How Schubert's compositions are listed[edit]

The abbreviation "D" refers to "Deutsch", that is Otto Erich Deutsch, who created a catalogue of Schubert's works listed chronologically by composition date. This catalogue has been amended several times because historical research led to a new probable date of composition, leading to numbers followed by a letter: for example Piano Sonata in E minor D 769a, formerly D 994.

The compositions of Schubert listed below are grouped by type of composition. Not all thematic groups of Schubert works have a separate numbering that is generally accepted: for example the numbering of the piano sonatas proved particularly cumbersome, see below. Also for the symphonies the numbering from 1 to 10 is only "stable" insofar as no more new symphonies turn up. For most other groups of works there was no real attempt to number them, apart from the general numbering in the Deutsch catalogue.

Fewer than 100 of Schubert's compositions received an Opus number during Schubert's life: about half of the Opus numbers are posthumous, and give no indication at all regarding a chronological—or any other—order, except regarding the chronological order of publication. By the end of the 19th century no new opus numbers were added; for new publications the Deutsch number was used.

The numbering of Schubert's symphonies[edit]

Between 1813 and 1818 Schubert wrote six symphonies, now known as Nos. 1–6. In 1818 he drafted a four-movement symphony in E (now No. 7) in outline but only orchestrated the start of the first movement. In 1822 he composed and orchestrated two movements of a symphony in B minor (now No. 8, the Unfinished) and drafted part of a third movement; whether or not he had drafted a finale remains moot. In 1825–26 he completed a large symphony in C major (now No. 9, the Great). There are in addition numerous sketches and fragments for other symphonies, and in the 1970s it was realized that these included the nearly-complete draft of a three-movement Symphony in D from the summer and autumn of 1828. A performing version of this work was orchestrated by Brian Newbould as Symphony No. 10.

The first Schubert Symphony to be performed was the Great: this was designated by Schubert’s brother Ferdinand as "No. 7" as early as the 1830s. In the 1840s the thematic catalogue of Schubert's works prepared by Alois Fuchs accepted this numbering and also called the drafted E major symphony "No. 8". The two completed movements of the B minor symphony were not performed until 1865, and it was George Grove who decided that this symphony—the Unfinished—should be No. 8, with the E major dropping to No. 7 and the Great C major becoming No. 9. Though this has been the preferred numbering ever since, not least because it respects the chronological order of these works, the old numbering of the Great C major as No. 7 has been remarkably persistent and is still sometimes encountered. In addition to this the revised Deutsch catalogue edited by Walter Dürr and Arnold Fell has proposed that the E major Symphony should have no number, that the Unfinished should be called "No. 7" and the Great C major "No. 8".

List of Schubert's compositions[edit]

This list gives some better-known examples of Schubert's 1000-odd compositions.

Schubert's autograph of the Octet in F (D 803), according to some scholars a possible version of his so-called Gastein Symphony


  • Symphony No. 1 in D major, D 82
  • Symphony No. 2 in B-flat major, D 125
  • Symphony No. 3 in D major, D 200
  • Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D 417 Tragic
  • Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D 485
  • Symphony No. 6 in C major, D 589 Little C major
  • Symphony No. 7 in E major, D 729: Sketched in full score 1821, with part of the first movement fully orchestrated (performing versions by John Barnett, Felix Weingartner and Brian Newbould)
  • Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D 759 Unfinished, sometimes counted as No. 7. Only the first two movements are completed, third movement was sketched, fourth may never have been written
  • Symphony No. 9 in C major, D 944 Great C major, sometimes counted as No. 7 or No. 8 (see: Curse of the ninth)
  • Symphony No. 10 in D major (elaborated by Brian Newbould from the symphonic sketch D 936a) Last
  • In addition, there was long believed to have been a "Sketch for a Grand Symphony" made at Bad Gastein in 1824. No score of this Gastein Symphony appears to have survived, but it is often identified with the Sonata in C major for piano four-hands (Op. 140, D 812) and/or the Octet in F, D 803. Orchestrations of the Sonata, also known as the Grand Duo, were made by Joseph Joachim and others in an attempt to restore this "lost symphony" to the Schubert canon, but it is now known that the 'Grand Symphony' begun in 1824 is the same work as the Great C major (cf. John Reed, Schubert, The Final Years (London, 1972)).
  • Also, there are other incomplete sketches, D 2b (formerly D 997), D 615 and D 708a, all in the key of D major. Only the last (D 708a) has been completed posthumously, again by Brian Newbould.

String quartets[edit]

  • String Quartet No. 1 in G minor/B-flat major, D. 18
  • String Quartet No. 2 in C major, D. 32
  • String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat major, D. 36
  • String Quartet No. 4 in C major, D. 46
  • String Quartet No. 5 in B-flat major, D. 68
  • String Quartet No. 6 in D major, D. 74
  • String Quartet No. 7 in D major, D. 94
  • String Quartet No. 8 in B-flat major, Op. 168, D. 112
  • String Quartet No. 9 in G minor, D. 173
  • String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Op. 125 No. 1, D. 87
  • String Quartet No. 11 in E major, Op. 125 No. 2, D. 353
  • String Quartet No. 12 in C minor, Op. posth., D. 703 (Quartettsatz – "Quartet movement")
  • String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, Op. 29, D. 804 (Rosamunde)
  • String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810 (Death and the Maiden)
  • String Quartet No. 15 in G major, Op. 161, D. 887 (1826)


Other music for chamber ensemble[edit]

  • Sonatensatz, D. 28, for piano trio
  • Wind Octet in F major, D. 72
  • Nonet for winds in E-flat minor "Eine Kleine Trauermusik", D. 79
  • Quartet for flute, viola, guitar and cello, D. 96
  • Sonatina No. 1 in D major for violin and piano, D. 384
  • Sonatina No. 2 in A minor for violin and piano, D. 385
  • Sonatina No. 3 in G minor for violin and piano, D. 408
  • Trio for Strings in B-flat major, D. 471
  • Adagio and Rondo Concertante in F for piano, violin, viola, and cello, D.487
  • Sonata for Violin and Piano in A, D. 574
  • Trio for Strings in B-flat, D. 581 (1817)
  • Variations On "Trockne Blumen" (from Die schöne Müllerin), piano and flute, Op. posth. 160, D. 802
  • Octet in F, D. 803
  • Arpeggione Sonata, D. 821 (for the arpeggione, a cello-like new instrument and piano, now played on cello or viola)
  • Rondeau brilliant for piano and violin, Op. 70, D. 895
  • Notturno, D. 897, for piano trio
  • Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat, D. 898
  • Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat, D. 929
  • Fantasia for piano and violin in C, D. 934
  • Konzertstück for Violin and Orchestra in D major (2 oboes, 2 trumpets, timpani, strings), D. 345 (1. Adagio; 2. Allegro)
  • Rondo for Violin and String Orchestra in A major, D. 438 (1. Adagio; 2. Allegro giusto)
  • Polonaise for Violin and Orchestra in B-flat major (2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, strings), D. 580

Piano solo[edit]

Schubert's solo piano music includes twenty-one sonatas (depending on classification system), two sets of four impromptus each (D. 899 and D. 935), the six Moments Musicaux, and variations on themes by others, such as a variation on a theme by Anton Diabelli.

Piano, four hands[edit]

Manuscript page from Schubert's Fantasy in F minor D 940

Schubert was a prolific composer of music for piano, four hands. Some of the best known of these works are the first of the three Marches militaires, the Grand Duo and the Fantasia in F minor, D 940.

  • Fantasy in G major, D 1
  • Fantasy in G minor, D 9
  • Fantasy in C minor, D 48
  • 4 Polonaises in D minor, B-flat major, E major, F major, Op. 75, D 599
  • 3 Marches Héroiques in B minor, C major, D major, Op. 27, D 602
  • Rondo in D major, Op. posth. 138, D 608
  • Grande Sonata in B-flat major, Op. 30, D 617
  • German Dance with 2 Trios and 2 Ländler, D 618
  • Variations on a French Song in E minor, Op. 10, D 624
  • Overture in F major, Op. 34, D 675
  • Three Marches Militaires in D major, G major, E-flat major, Op. 51, D 733
  • Sonata in C major ("Grand Duo"), Op. posth. 140, D 812
  • Variations on an Original Theme in A-flat major, Op. 35, D 813
  • 4 "Ländler" in E-flat major, A-flat major, C minor, C major, D 814
  • Divertissement à la Hongroise in G minor, Op. 54, D 818
  • 6 Grandes Marches et Trios in E-flat, G minor, B minor, D major, E-flat major, E major, Op. 40, D 819
  • Divertissement on French motifs in E minor, Op. 63, D 823 [1]
  • Divertissement on French motifs in B minor, Op. 84, No. 1, D 823
  • Divertissement on French motifs in E minor, Op. 84, No. 2, D 823
  • 6 Polonaises in D minor, F major, B-flat major, D major, A major, E major, Op. 61, D 824
  • Grand funeral March in C minor, Op. 55, D 859
  • Grande Marche Héroique in A minor, Op. 66, D 885
  • 2 Marches Caractéristiques in C major, Op. posth. 121, D 886
  • Variations on a theme from the Opera "Marie" by Hérold in C major, Op. 82, D 908
  • March (Children's March) in G major, D .928
  • Fantasia in F minor, Op. 103, D 940
  • Duo (Lebensstürme) in A minor, Op. posth. 144, D 947
  • Rondo in A major, Op. 107, D 951
  • Fugue in E minor, Op. posth. 152, D 952
  • Allegro moderato in C major, D 968
  • Andante in A minor, D 968
  • Variations on an Original Theme in B-flat major, Op. posth. 82, No. 2, D 968 A


Liturgical and sacred compositions[edit]


  • Lazarus (Wien 1820, D 689, Stadttheater Essen 1928), August Hermann Niemeyer

Works for the stage[edit]

Deutsch Title Genre Subdivisions Libretto Composition Première date Place, theatre
11 SpiegelritterDer Spiegelritter Singspiel 3 acts (but only overture and part of act 1 finished) KotzebueAugust von Kotzebue 1811 1946-12-1111 December 1946 Radio Beromünster
84 TeufelsDes Teufels Lustschloß natürliche Zauberoper 3 acts Kotzebueafter Joseph-Marie Loaisel de Tréogate by August von Kotzebue 1813/14 19781978 Potsdam, Hans Otto Theater
190 vierjährigeDer vierjährige Posten Singspiel 1 act KörnerCarl Theodor Körner 1815 18961896 Dresden, Hofoper
220 Fernando Singspiel 1 act StadlerAlbert Stadler 1815 1907-04-1313 April 1907
239 Claudine von Villa Bella Singspiel 3 acts (but only overture and act 1 now exist) GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe 1815 19131913 Vienna
326 FreundeDie Freunde von Salamanka Singspiel 2 acts MayrhoferJohann Mayrhofer; 1928: G. Ziegler 1815 1928-05-066 May 1928 Halle, Stadttheater
435 BürgschaftDie Bürgschaft Oper (fragment) 3 acts (but only acts 1 and 2 remain) SchillerFriedrich Schillers ballad Die Bürgschaft 1816 19081908; 2005 Vienna (in concert); University of Jena (staged)
137 Adrast lyrische Tragödie 2 or 3 acts (unfinished) MayrhoferJohann Mayrhofer 1819/1820 1868-12-1313 December 1868 Vienna, Redoutensaal
647 ZwillingsbrüderDie Zwillingsbrüder Posse mit Gesang 1 act HofmannGeorg von Hofmann, after Les deux Valentins 1818/1820 1820-11820 Vienna, Theater am Kärntnertor
644 ZauberharfeDie Zauberharfe Zauberspiel mit Musik, melodrama 3 acts HofmannGeorg von Hofmann 1820 1820-21820 Vienna, Theater an der Wien
701 Sacontala Oper 3 acts (but only sketches for acts 1 and 2) NeumannJohann Philipp Neumann after Kālidāsa 1820–1821 1971-06-1212 June 1971
982 Sophie Oper sketches, 3 numbers only spring 1821?
732 Alfonso und Estrella Oper 3 acts SchoberFranz von Schober 1821/22 18541854 Weimar, Hoftheater
791 Rüdiger Oper sketches only for No. 1 and No. 2 MoselI von Mosel? 1823-05from May 1823 1868-01-055 January 1868 Vienna, Redoutensaal
787 VerschworenenDie Verschworenen Singspiel 1 act CastelliIgnaz Franz Castelli 1823 18611861 Frankfurt, Comoedienhaus am Roßmarkt
796 Fierrabras heroisch-romantische Oper 3 acts KupelwieserJoseph Kupelwieser 1823 18971897 Karlsruhe, Großherzogliches Hoftheater
797 Rosamunde incidental music Chézyfor a play by Helmina von Chézy 1823 1823-12-2020 December 1823 Vienna, Theater an der Wien[2]
918 GrafDer Graf von Gleichen romantische Oper 2 acts (but only sketches) BauernfeldEduard von Bauernfeld 1827/1828 19961996 Meiningen, Staatstheater
981 MinnesängerDer Minnesänger Oper unfinished, lost


  1. ^ D 823 combines three separate pieces, using the overall name Divertissement. The individual works as given by the publisher Breitkopf are as follows:
    • Divertissement (en forme d'une Marche brillante et raisonnée) über französische Motive für das Pianoforte zu fier Händen componirt von Franz Schubert. Op. 63. Tempo di marcia. (Breitkopf Serie 9 No. 80)
    • Andantino varié über französische Motive für das Pianoforte zu fier Händen componirt von Franz Schubert. Op. 84 No. 1. Andantino. (Breitkopf Serie 9 No. 81)
    • Rondeau brillante über französische Motive für das Pianoforte zu fier Händen componirt von Franz Schubert. Op. 84 No. 2. Allegretto. (Breitkopf Serie 9 No. 82)
  2. ^ Keller, James M. "Entr'acte No. 1". San Francisco Symphony. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 

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