Franz Schubert
in E-flat Major, Op. 90 No. 2

The right-hand triplets scurrying up and down the keyboard are so much fun, while the middle section and coda offer dark and dramatic contrast.

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Franz Schubert - Impromptus:

Op. 90 No. 2

Key: E-flat Major
Year: 1827
Level: 7
Period: Early Romantic
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A Cascade of Triplets

The E-flat Impromptu goes like the wind. Cascading triplets begin the piece with no introduction. We enter Schubert’s thoughts by just jumping in – suddenly, we’re just inside the stream of consciousness. The performer needs very good right-hand scale technique to pull the first section off without seeming hurried or inaccurate. When we arrive at the middle section, the character changes drastically, from brilliant, light and playful to firm, heavy, almost angry. The piece is rare, too, in that it begins in the major key and winds up in the parallel minor key, Eb-Minor, a dark and brooding forest of six flats. The coda gives the piece the same kind of breathless finish as “Der Erlkönig,“ one of Schubert’s most famous songs.


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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Impromptu Op. 90 No. 2 in E-flat Major, a composition by the early romantic composer Franz Schubert. The piano score of this piece was first published in 1827 and is part of Impromptus by Schubert.