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Franz Schubert: Sonatas

Long dismissed as structurally and dramatically inferior to the famous piano sonatas by Beethoven, Schuberts piano sonatas were almost completely neglected for almost a century; now they are generally recognized as being among the most profound and important works of the genre. An important advocate for this music during the first half of the 20th century was the Austrian pianist Arthur Schnabel.
The ordering and numbering of them is a complex affair not least because of the many fragmentary sonatas and single movements as is often the case with Schubert, there are easily as many incomplete or fragmentary works as there are whole, finished products. The greatest works of the series are undoubtedly the last three sonatas, massive and stunning achievements, all finished in September 1828, only two months before the composer died.

Sheet Music Downloads:

TitleKey Published Type Level
Sonata (D. 157) E Major 1815 Sonata 8+
Sonata (D. 279) C Major 1815 Sonata 8+
Sonata (D. 557) A-flat Major 1817 Sonata 8+
Sonata (D. 566) E Minor 1817 Sonata 7
Sonata (D. 958) C Minor 1828 Sonata 8+
Sonata (D. 959) A Major 1828 Sonata 8+
Sonata (D. 960) B-flat Major 1828 Sonata 8+
Sonata (D. 845) Op. 42 A Minor 1825 Sonata 8+
Sonata Op. 53 D Major - Sonata 8+
Sonata Op. 78 G Major - Sonata 8+
Sonata (posth) Op. 120 A Major 1819 Sonata 8+
Sonata (posth) Op. 122 E-flat Major 1817 Sonata 8+
Sonata (posth) Op. 143 A Minor 1823 Sonata 8+
Sonata Op. 147 B Major 1817 Sonata 8+
Sonata Op. 164 A Minor - Sonata 8+

Posts in the piano forum about Sonatas by Schubert:

question Question about Schubert Sonatas ^^
December 27, 2010, 04:25:49 AM by richterfan1

yo all! im curious, which is Schubert best known Sonata? and most performed? ( my favorite is d960) thx ! Cool Wink Smiley Grin

xx Schubert Sonatas
July 22, 2010, 05:02:56 AM by rambux

Have just joined this site, and what a delight it is to be able to download music in this way! Have just downloaded the first seven Schubert sonatas (I already have a book of the last four).

A comment: your number ordering follows the opus number sequence (ie order of publication), and not the D number sequence. I had to check out the D numbers to make sure I placed my copies in the correct order.

It is a well-known fact (or should be) that the order of publication of Schubert's works bears little or no resemblence to the order in which he composed them. The ONLY  reliable sequence is the D numbers (OE Deutch's catalogue) - personally I wish publishers would ditch the opus numbers completely (it's very confusing), and use only the D numbers.

xx Suggest a Schubert Sonata
May 19, 2009, 08:32:40 AM by aslanov


xx Most favorite Schubert Sonatas
October 05, 2008, 07:13:14 AM by cloches_de_geneve

The last sonata is typically the preferred one and perhaps also the most often played. But what about the others? Which ones did you play, how did you like them?

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