Piano Sonata in E minor, D 566 (Schubert)

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The Piano Sonata in E minor D 566 by Franz Schubert is a sonata for solo piano written in June 1817. The Rondo D. 506 is most likely the fourth movement according to Martino Tirimo.


I. Moderato

E minor
Harald Krebs has noted the use of Charles Fisk's "search for thematic identity" in his discussion of the sonata's opening theme.[1]

II. Allegretto

E major

III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace - Trio

A-flat major

(IV. Rondo: Allegretto, D 506)

E major
D 506 has been associated with the last piece of Fünf Klavierstücke (D 459A/3) and the Adagio D 349 too as a set of movements that might form a sonata.[2]

The work takes approximately 20 minutes to perform or 25-30 minutes with the rondo finale.


  1. ^ Krebs, Harald (Autumn 2003). "Review of Charles Fisk's Returning Cycles: Contexts for the Interpretation of Schubert's Impromptus and Last Sonatas". Music Theory Spectrum. 25 (2): 388–400. doi:10.1525/mts.2003.25.2.388. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  2. ^ F. Bisogni, quoted in Walburga Litschauer's Preface to Schubert: Piano Sonatas I. Bärenreiter 2000


  • 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 A-flat major (D. 557)
AGA, Series 10 (15 sonatas)
No. 4
Succeeded by
Sonata in B major (D. 575)
21 Sonatas numbering system
No. 6
Succeeded by
Sonata in D-flat major (D. 568)
23 Sonatas numbering system
No. 7