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András Schiff: Schubert - Piano sonata D 537 op 164 - II. Allegretto quasi andantino

SCHUBERT, Franz

Sonata for piano in A minor D 537 op. 164

II. Allegretto quasi andantino

 

András Schiff, guest professor 

Plamena Mangova, student

 

András Schiff begins his lecture on 2nd movement with comments on staccato and on the left-hand articulation. Then he makes indications about pedals, right-hand articulation and character regarding tonality. This is Neapolitan tonality, so the accompaniment should be like water, using more pedal to avoid a dry pizzicato.
There is a culminating moment with contrast. During it is necessary to make more difference between the previous warm part and the next cold and martial part: the professor mentions again Winterreise by Schubert and the slow movement of a Symphony by G. Mahler.
Later, the warm character returns: left-hand notes should be more melodic and the epilogue very beautiful, like a farewell.