Schumann – Piano Sonata No. 1
The Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 11, was composed by Robert Schumann from 1833 to 1835. He published it anonymously as “Pianoforte Sonata, dedicated to Clara by Florestan and Eusebius”.
Eric Frederick Jensen describes the sonata as ‘the most unconventional and the most intriguing’ of Schumann’s piano sonatas due to its unusual structure. The Aria is based on his earlier Lied setting, “An Anna” or “Nicht im Thale”.
1. Un poco adagio – Allegro vivace (F-sharp minor)
2. Aria: Senza passione, ma espressivo (A major)
3. Scherzo: Allegrissimo (F-sharp minor) – Intermezzo: Lento. Alla burla, ma pomposo (D major) – Tempo I
4. Finale: Allegro un poco maestoso (F-sharp minor, ending in the tonic major)