Schubert or Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer and he is currently considered as a pioneer of Romantic music. His works were influenced by Ludwig von Beethoven and he was also a great composer of lieder (a predecessor of modern music, which is a relatively short composition of piano and human voice), piano and orchestra. Schubert died at a relatively young age of 31. Throughout his productive years, Schubert was neglected, impoverished and frequently ill. He was only known by a small circle of friends who were awed by his ingenuity.