Grade 8

Schubert - Impromptu in A-Flat Major (No. 2 from Four Impromptus, Op. 142, D. 935)

Schubert wrote two sets of Impromptus, each comprising four pieces. The term “impromptu” conveys a sense of improvisation or spontaneity, yet the formal structure (ABA) is very clear here. The A-flat Impromptu is based on a very simple, pure melody that reminds us of a gentle dance (a minuet, or maybe even a sarabande). Control of texture is all-important here; voice the right hand chords to the top, making sure to support the sound from the cello (low left hand notes) and respond to the changes in register. The middle section (trio) is more active rhythmically, with a constant triplet flow that contains hidden melodic fragments that can be gently brought out.

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  • This piece is available in print as part of the Piano Exam Pieces 2023 & 2024 Grade 8 publication here.
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