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SCHUBERT

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Interpreted by EDGAR BAINTON
Sonata in B Flat (Posthumous Work), concluded :
Scherzo, Allegro Vivace ; Allegro ma non Troppo
BEETHOVEN is supposed to have said on his death-bed : ' You, Anselm [an intimate friend] have my mind, but Franz has my soul.' Franz Schubert , in some of his deeper music, shows us Beethoven's soul, but he never shows it more plainly and unmistakably than in the last two Movements of this Sonata.
The SCHERZO (Quick, lively, with delicacy) is a ' jest ' indeed, after Beethoven's own heart, direct, flashing, perhaps freakish. Notice the abrupt tune given out in the Treble and repeated in the Bass, then subjected to broken treatment, leading to one never knows what next, finally repeated...
Then comes a subdued, mysterious Trio, and the repetition of the Scherzo.
The FINALE (Quick) starts with a peremptory little Tune ; then a chord arrests us, and insists on the tune being repeated. Time after time that chord pulls up sharp the racing music, and brings back the Tune, which, however, takes all sorts of twists and turns.
So the music proceeds. But Schubert, the songster, cannot resist breaking into a straightforward song twice in the Movement, and there are times when he becomes forceful for a moment, but the music grows yet swifter and lighter as it nears the end.

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