FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828)
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|Sonata in A minor, Op. 143 (D 784)
Sonata in B flat major, Op. posth. (D 960)
Schubert wrote his A minor piano sonata Op. 143 (D 784) in 1823 after a break of several years from composing piano sonatas – a break often described in literature as his “crisis years”. Schubert does not deal with his material in the sense of motif-thematic work, but makes his motifs and themes appear in a constantly changing light, in varying colors. Schubert invades the deepest dimensions of music with harmony and timbre, opens up new areas and balances them in all directions. He often interrupts the continuity, the pulse of the music – going as far as to create the impression of complete standstill.
Schubert completed the Sonata in B flat major on 26 September, 1828, barely two months before his death. Therefore many performers try to interpret the piece as one being marked by resignation and hopelessness, a musical legacy pervaded by the foreboding of death and full of the atmosphere of farewell. This sonata is, however, in comparison to the other two from 1828 – C minor, Op. posthumous (D 958) and A major, Op. posthumous (D 959) – almost light-heartedly mellow and in its emotional spectrum balanced as no other of Schubert’s sonatas.