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Franz Schubert was one of the most prolific composers of ensemble piano music; and the Allegro in A Minor; Op. 144; demonstrates his mastery at writing for one piano; four hands. This large and passionate work was composed in 1828; the year of Schubert's death. It is written in sonata-allegro form and may have been intended as the first movement of a sonata. It was first published by Anton Diabelli in 1840 with the title Lebenssturme: Characterischeres Allegro (Life's Storms: Characteristic Allegro). The Allegro makes extensive use of chromaticism; Neapolitan sixth chords; and contrasts of moods.
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