Franz Schubert
Impromptu
in F Minor, Op. 142 No. 1

The F minor Impromptu is almost Beethovenian in nature, but still with the unmistakable hallmarks of Schubert's own style.

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Impromptu
Op. 142 No. 1

Key: F Minor
Year: 1827
Level: 8+
Period: Early Romantic
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A Nod to Beethoven

The F minor Impromptu is almost Beethovenian in nature, revealing Schubert's admiration for the composer, but still with the unmistakable hallmarks of Schubert's own style. The piece can be seen either as a Rondo, or as a Sonata movement without the development section. The dramatic main theme, which makes use of the Neopolitan sixth (a typical hallmark of Beethoven's "Appassionata" sonata, also in the key of f minor), transitions via octaves and chordal passages into the relative major, A flat, and a peaceful second theme with a flowing sixteenth accompaniment. The main theme is repeated, followed by a similar transition to the flowing second theme, this time in F major. This peace is not allowed to remain undisturbed, however, and a final repeat of the main theme ends the piece on a dark note.

Background

The four Impromptus, Op. 90 (D. 899) were probably composed at least in part during the composer's stay in Dornbach in the summer of 1827, just over a year before his death. The first two went to press in late 1827; it wasn't until 1857 that Nos. 3 and 4 appeared in print.


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Piano sheet music and recordings. This piece is from Impromptus by Franz Schubert: Impromptu Op. 142 No. 1 in F Minor (published in 1827) . Level 8+, Period: Early Romantic
Impromptu Op. 142 No. 1 in F Minor, by the early romantic composer Franz Schubert. This piano piece was initially published in the year 1827 and is included in Impromptus by Schubert.