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Steven Mayer, Ph.D.
Challenges, Musical, Pianistic, Poet, Schubert, Sonata A major D 959
Schubert composed the last three piano sonatas in September of 1828, and these works represent the peak of the composer's achievement in the sonata genre. Schubert's distinctive style lies in his compositional voice, which originated in his lieder, but projected equally well to the medium of piano and other instrumental works.
Some research on pianistic challenges and my own experience playing the sonata have been applied to better understand and experience the depth of Schubert's music on a fuller scale. I have found that the particular challenge of the A Major Sonata in D 959 is the extended length of the sonata (40 minutes long) - which Schubert achieved by introducing new harmonic and thematic material, creative accompaniments, rich orchestral textures, and expressive musical devices. To address these challenges, I implemented specific practice and learning approaches, including detailed technique exercises, analysis of the score, thoughtful practice and active listening. The journey of playing and studying Schubert's music has been a deeply rewarding experience, which I will apply towards my piano teaching career.
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Gardner, Natalia, "Schubert: The Musical Poet Sonata D 959 and Its Pianistic Challenges" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1174.
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Music, Music Education