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Five Favorite Piano Sonatas
The piano and its music formed the center of Schubert’s creative world. In his lamentably short life, the composer created some of the finest works ever composed for the instrument. This compilation features five examples of the piano genre that Schubert most flourished within – the solo sonata.
Schubert’s final trilogy of piano sonatas appears here: Sonata in C Minor, D. 958; A Major, D. 959; and B-flat Major, D. 960. These works, written while the composer was at the height of his powers, offer three independent solutions to the challenge of the keyboard sonata. Ranging in mood from grim to mischievous to ecstatic, they reference Beethoven but remain uniquely Schubertian.
This collection also includes the Sonata in A Major, D. 664 – called the “little” sonata to distinguish it from the later work in the same key – and the Sonata in A Minor, D. 784, suffused with Schubert’s characteristic melancholy and rich in his invention. An essential addition to the repertoire of every serious pianist, this collection offers a convenient and affordable single-volume edition, reproduced from authoritative sources.
Publisher: Dover Publications
Author / Composer: Franz Schubert