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Mozart's Attic - Thursday, July 11th 10:00 pm

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An 1820s engraving of Austrian composer Franz Peter Schubert, by Weger.

Nowadays we regard Franz Schubert as one of the greatest composers of the first half of the 19th century, right up there with Beethoven.

During his lifetime, however, he was mostly overlooked, his symphonies unplayed, his operas ignored.

A lot of his music was first performed at musical evenings held in his friends' living rooms. Schubertiads, these soirees were called.

This week we'll look at some of Schubert's music that he actually got to hear performed in his short lifetime. The great symphonies aren't included, but there's plenty of music that's still being played, nearly two centuries later.

Originally from central Massachusetts, Jay has called the Space Coast home for more than 30 years. He began his association with WFIT in the late '90s as a dumpster diver for office furniture in response to a broadcast plea for a new chair from a frustrated disc jockey. (WFIT has come a long way since.)