An autumn sonata – part 5: the first movement

Several things have happened since I started this series of articles about my learning and study of Schubert’s penultimate piano sonata. The first is that after a long period of reflection and time away from the piano following my disappointing Fellowship diploma result, I started playing the sonata again – and with a very different … Continue reading An autumn sonata – part 5: the first movement

An Autumn Sonata – Part 3. “Heavenly Length”

It was Schumann who coined the phrase “heavenly length”, specifically in relation to Schubert’s Great C major Symphony, D944, though this tag has now become synonymous with all of Schubert’s late music. How to approach a work of the scale of the Sonata in A, D959? In common with the other late sonatas (including the … Continue reading An Autumn Sonata – Part 3. “Heavenly Length”

An Autumn Sonata – Part 2: finding context and background 

A personal journey through Schubert’s penultimate piano sonata The journey continues….. My nature tends towards the intellectual when studying and learning music, and my approach to the Sonata in A D959 was no different. After an initial sight-read through the entire work to gain a sense of the overall structure and narrative arc of the … Continue reading An Autumn Sonata – Part 2: finding context and background 

Autumn Piano Course

Another excellent weekend on Penelope Roskell’s Advanced Piano course – my fifth course run by my teacher. Three friends were there, including Stephen Gott, who I met nearly three years ago on the first course we both attended. (Stephen has just entered his second year at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.) With a … Continue reading Autumn Piano Course