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The Sonata, D. 894, also nicknamed 'Fantasie-Sonata' was composed in the autumn of 1826, shortly after Schubert's only other large-scale instrumental work in G major, the String Quartet, D. 887.
Its opening movement is a profoundly calm piece whose single moment of violence is provided by a development section set largely in the minor, and invoking the only iff markings to be found in Schubert's solo piano music.
As for the finale, it is a rondo with episodes in the styles of ecossaises. The second of them is expansive enough to take the form of a self-contained dance, complete with a trio whose melancholy C minor melody suffers a radiant sea-change into the major.
I. Molto moderato e cantabile
III. Menuetto, Allegro moderato
IV. Allegretto, G major
Listen to Sonata D. 894