Piano sonata in E major (D. 459)

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The Piano sonata in E major D. 459 is a work for solo piano, composed by Franz Schubert in August 1816. It was first published in 1843, after the composer's death, by Carl August Klemm in Leipzig.[1] Unusual for piano sonatas of this time period, the sonata is in five movements. Because of this, the first publisher named the work Fünf Klavierstücke.

Andrea Lindmayr-Brandl has noted that Klemm had compiled the movements for his 1843 publication of this work from a number of different Schubert compositions. Furthermore, she notes the "fragmentary" nature of the work, because Schubert had broken off the sonata at the close of its development section.[1]


I. Allegro moderato

E major

With a recapitulation in the subdominant

II. Scherzo: Allegro

E major

III. Adagio

C major

IV. Scherzo: Allegro - Trio: Più tardo

A major

V. Allegro patetico

E major

Daniel Coren has summarised the nature of the recapitulation in the fourth movement of this sonata.[2]


  1. ^ a b Lindmayr-Brandl, Andrea (2000). "Die "wiederentdeckte" unvollendete "Sonate in E" D 459 und die "Fünf Klavierstücke" von Franz Schubert". Archiv für Musikwissenschaft (Franz Steiner Verlag). 57 Jahrg. (H.2.): 130–150. JSTOR 931138. 
  2. ^ Coren, Daniel (1974). "Ambiguity in Schubert's Recapitulations". The Musical Quarterly LX (4): 568–582. doi:10.1093/mq/LX.4.568. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 


  • Tirimo, Martino. Schubert: The Complete Piano Sonatas. Vienna: Wiener Urtext Edition, 1997.

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Piano sonatas (2 hands) by Franz Schubert
Preceded by
Sonata in C major (D. 279)
21 Sonatas numbering system
No. 3
Succeeded by
Sonata in A minor (D. 537)
23 Sonatas numbering system
No. 3
Succeeded by
Sonata in E minor (D. 769A)