An Autumn Sonata – a personal journey through Schubert’s penultimate piano sonata

This article, the first of five, was first published in the July 2017 issue of The Schubertian, the journal of the Schubert Institute (UK). In the autumn of 2014 I set myself the task of learning Schubert’s penultimate piano sonata, No 20 in A, D959, composed in 1828. My intention was to learn and finesseContinue reading “An Autumn Sonata – a personal journey through Schubert’s penultimate piano sonata”

Franz Schubert’s Piano Sonata in A, D959

The Sonata in A, D959, is the middle panel of the triptych of Franz Schubert’s final sonatas. Schubert completed his final three piano sonatas in September 1828, just a few months before his death at the age of 31, and he numbered the three sonatas sequentially, perhaps envisioning them as a cycle. After his death,Continue reading “Franz Schubert’s Piano Sonata in A, D959”

Repertoire in Focus: Schubert’s Impromptu in F minor, D935/1

Schubert wrote two sets of Impromptus (D899 and D935). Composed in 1827, his post-‘Winterreise’ annus mirabilis, a year of fervent creativity, the Impromptus remain some of his most popular piano works, particularly the first set and the third of the D935 (a set of variations based on the ‘Rosamunde’ theme from his opera of theContinue reading “Repertoire in Focus: Schubert’s Impromptu in F minor, D935/1”