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Bluthner Piano Series: David Fray

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St John's Smith SquareSmith Square, London, London, Greater London, SW1P 3HA, United Kingdom
On Wednesday 11 July 2018 at 19:30
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David FrayPiano

The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K. 457 is one of the earliest of only six composed by Mozart during his Vienna years and was probably written either as a teaching tool or for personal use. Sonatas during this time were generally written for the domestic sphere - as opposed to a symphony or concerto, they were designed to convey ideas in a small, intimate setting. Franz Schubert's last three piano sonatas, D 958, 959 and 960, are the composer's last major compositions for the piano. They were written during the last months of his life, between the spring and autumn of 1828, but were not published until about ten years after his death, in 1838–39.  Like the rest of Schubert's piano sonatas, they were mostly neglected in the 19th century. By the late 20th century, however, public and critical opinion had changed, and these sonatas are now considered among the most important of the composer's mature masterpieces.

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