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Schubert's 22 piano sonatas sketch a most illuminating picture of the prematurely departed composer and of his compositional path. From the first attempts of the gifted 16- to 19-year- old musician one can trace a continuous development leading to the five great sonatas which he wrote in the years 1823 and 1826; and finally to the three masterworks written shortly before his death; which place him on a level with Beethoven as a composer of sonatas.The intensity with which Schubert approached the genre of the piano sonata meant that he left a large number of piano sonatas incomplete. Volume III of the three-part Henle Urtext edition contains – next to the early sonatas from the years 1815-1818 – the fragments completed by Paul Badura-Skoda; whose completions are highlighted each time by small cue notes. The Critical Report in the Appendix also provides precise information about the genesis of the individual works.Contents: Sonata in E Major; D 157 • Sonata in C Major; D 279/346 • Sonata in E Major; D 459 • Sonata in A-flat Major; D 557 • Sonata in E minor; D 566 • Sonata in D-flat Major; D 567 • Sonata in F-sharp minor; D 571/614/570 • Sonata in C Major; D 613/612 • Sonata in F minor; D 625/505 • Sonata (relic) in C Major; D 840 • APPENDIX: Early version of Sonata in E Major; D 157; 1st movement; D 154 • Early version of Sonata in C Major; D 279; 3rd movement; D 277A • Fragment in C-sharp minor; D 655 • Fragment in E minor; D 769A
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