2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Classical and Romantic Elements in Schubert's Piano Sonata in A Minor, D. 537
Ryan P. Huber♦
Dr. David McKamie, Faculty Mentor

Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Franz Schubert (1797-1828) are consistently acknowledged by Western musicologists as the greatest masters of Viennese Classicism. Like Beethoven, Schubert is a transitional figure who bridged the Classical and Romantic eras. Schubert's piano sonatas demonstrate his mastery of Classical forms, yet they embody the emotional intensity characteristic of the early Romantics. The Sonata in A Minor, D. 537 (1817) is an example of his distinctive, new style. In addition, this sonata exhibits Schubert's unique melodic genius and his gift for composing innovative harmonic progressions. The session will examine formal, melodic, and harmonic characteristics that are typical in Schubert's piano sonatas. It will conclude with a performance of the first movement.

Keywords: music, piano, Schubert, sonata, performance, Classical, Romantic


Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 23-1
Location: OP Performance Hall
Time: 9:30

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