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Franz Schubert’s Sonata in A minor D. 821 was originally written for piano and arpeggione, an instrument of the 1820s combining features of the guitar and the cello. This instrument was in use for just a short period of time, so that the composition has now become standard repertoire for cello and piano, and this is the version presented here.
A handwritten violin part in the hand of Anton Diabelli kept by the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, however, shows that the sonata’s arpeggione part was initially arranged for violin, long before the first print in 1871 introduced the well-known version for cello and piano. Wiener Urtext also publishes Diabelli’s arrangement for violin and piano in a separate edition.
Both editions are essentially based on Schubert’s autograph, the cello part in principle relies on the first printed edition of 1871, the violin part is based on Diabelli’s arrangement.
This new urtext publication not only assists performers in getting closer to the composer’s intentions, but in understanding the complications associated with ‘authentic’ performance practice.
Stringendo Magazine Volume 40 No.1, April 2018 (Catherine Milligan)
(...) The essential spirit and unique poetry of Schubert has been retained in these sensitively edited texts.
Strings Magazine, No.273 January 2018 (Mary Nemet)