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Franz Schubert - Sonata in E major, D. 157

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The E major Sonata, D. 157 is Schubert's very first work of its kind. He was eighteen when he wrote it, in February 1815, and the material of its opening Allegro sounds curiously impersonal. More characteristic is the melancholic main theme of the slow movement. On its return following the first episode, the melody is strikingly presented in an outline shape with quasi-pizzicato accompaniment.

Both the form and the key (B major) of the last of the three movements indicate that the Sonata lacks a finale. Schubert labels it a minuet. though the music's assertive character and its tempo marking of Allegro vivace make it more akin to a scherzo. From time to time, Schubert's early music offers an unmistakable anticipation of one of his mature masterpieces. Here, the trio, with its subdued repeated chords, clearly foreshadows the parallel section of the Grand Sonata, of 1826.

I. Allegro, Ma Non Troppo;
II. Andante;
III. Menuetto Allegro Vivace - Trio.

Listen to the Sonata in E, D. 157

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