3 Sonatinas That Offer Insight into the Mind of Schubert
These sonatas for violin and piano bore the seeds of this composer's imagination
Schubert called these works “Sonatas for piano with violin accompaniment.” The Viennese publisher Anton Diabelli, who printed them in 1836, gave them the title “Sonatinas,” by which they have been known ever since. Both names are apt: these works are structurally classical sonatas, only shorter and less complex (No. 1 has three movements, the others have four). But this does not mean that they lack melodic grace, harmonic subtlety, or expressive contrast. Perceptive players and listeners can easily discern in them the seeds of Schubert’s imagination, originality, and emotional depth.
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