Franz Schubert
Sonatas

About Franz Schubert's Sonatas

Long dismissed as structurally and dramatically inferior to the famous piano sonatas by Beethoven, Schubert's 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.

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Preview TitleKey Year Level
Sonata 1  D. 157  in E Major by Schubert piano sheet music AAB Sonata 1 D. 15713 E Major 1815 8+
Sonata 2  D. 279  in C Major by Schubert piano sheet music AAC Sonata 2 D. 2791 C Major 1815 8+
Sonata 3 (5 Piano Pieces)  D. 459  in E Major by Schubert piano sheet music AAD Sonata 3 (5 Piano Pieces) D. 45913 E Major 1816 8
Sonata 4 Op. 164 D. 537  in A Minor by Schubert piano sheet music AAE Sonata 4 Op. 164 D. 53730 A Minor 1817 8+
Sonata 5  D. 557  in A-flat Major by Schubert piano sheet music AAF Sonata 5 D. 55727 A-flat Major 1817 8+
Sonata 6  D. 566  in E Minor by Schubert piano sheet music AAG Sonata 6 D. 56614 E Minor 1817 8+
Sonata 7 Op. 122 D. 568  in E-flat Major by Schubert piano sheet music AAH Sonata 7 Op. 122 D. 56811 E-flat Major 1817 8+
Sonata 8  D. 571  in F-sharp Minor by Schubert piano sheet music AAI Sonata 8 D. 57120 F-sharp Minor 1817 8+
Sonata 9 Op. 147 D. 575  in B Major by Schubert piano sheet music AAJ Sonata 9 Op. 147 D. 57535 B Major 1817 8+
Sonata 10  D. 613  in C Major by Schubert piano sheet music AAK Sonata 10 D. 6131 C Major 1818 8
Sonata 11  D. 625  in F Minor by Schubert piano sheet music AAL Sonata 11 D. 62518 F Minor 1818 8+
Sonata 12 - fragment  D. 655  in C-sharp Minor by Schubert piano sheet music AAM Sonata 12 - fragment D. 6555 C-sharp Minor 1819 8
Sonata 13 Op. 120 D. 664  in A Major by Schubert piano sheet music AAN Sonata 13 Op. 120 D. 66429 A Major 1819 8+
Sonata 14 Op. 143 D. 784  in A Minor by Schubert piano sheet music AAO Sonata 14 Op. 143 D. 78430 A Minor 1823 8+
Sonata 15  D. 840  in C Major by Schubert piano sheet music AAP Sonata 15 D. 8401 C Major 1825 8+
Sonata 16 Op. 42 D. 845  in A Minor by Schubert piano sheet music AAQ Sonata 16 Op. 42 D. 84530 A Minor 1825 8+
Sonata 17 Op. 53 D. 850  in D Major by Schubert piano sheet music AAR Sonata 17 Op. 53 D. 8507 D Major 1825 8+
Sonata 18 Op. 78 D. 894  in G Major by Schubert piano sheet music AAS Sonata 18 Op. 78 D. 89423 G Major 1825 8+
Sonata 19  D. 958  in C Minor by Schubert piano sheet music AAT Sonata 19 D. 9582 C Minor 1828 8+
Sonata 20  D. 959  in A Major by Schubert piano sheet music AAU Sonata 20 D. 95929 A Major 1828 8+
Sonata 21  D. 960  in B-flat Major by Schubert piano sheet music AAV Sonata 21 D. 96033 B-flat Major 1828 8+

Forum posts about the Sonatas by Franz Schubert

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