Schubert’s life in some ways resembles Mozart’s. Both showed their musical gifts early, both became prolific composers, and both died far too young. Both wrote music that showed a genius for melody. And both were well acquainted with Antonio Salieri: Mozart as his friendly rival (the idea that they were enemies is fiction), and Schubert as his prize student.
This ballet was part of the score for a play that was a complete failure and has been lost, but the music was rediscovered (by Sir Arthur Sullivan, of Gilbert and Sullivan) and has been played ever since.
All the music from the this series can be found and enjoyed here.