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Violin Sonata in G minor 'Sonatina', D408
composer
March/April 1816; published by Diabelli in 1836

Recordings
'Schubert: Complete works for violin and piano' (CDA67911/2)
Schubert: Complete works for violin and piano
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Movement 1: Allegro giusto
Movement 2: Andante
Movement 3: Menuetto
Movement 4: Allegro moderato

Violin Sonata in G minor 'Sonatina', D408
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The Sonata in G minor—a key with inevitable Mozartian associations—shares many traits with the A minor: a first movement whose exposition embraces three rather than two key centres (here G minor, B flat and E flat); a shapely, songful Andante that pays overt homage to Mozart (the main theme virtually quotes the Romanze of the Third Horn Concerto), a fast Menuetto with a relaxed Ländler trio, and a contredanse finale.

In the Allegro giusto Schubert progressively transforms the brusque unison opening, first into a pensive cantabile for piano alone, and then into a suave rococo minuet. The delightful trio of the Menuetto seems like a (doubtless subconscious) recollection of the bucolic trio from Mozart’s Symphony No 39, with the melody underscored by a gurgling accompaniment from the piano-as-clarinet. The finale opens in wistful mood but quickly brightens for a popular-style tune with more than a whiff of comic opera.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2013

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