ABRSM Grade 8 - Piano Exam Pieces

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

ABRSM Grade 8 - B9

The A-flat Impromptu, written the year before Schubert’s death, contrasts outer sections where we find a simple chordal texture and a gentle melody on the top with a central trio of flowing arpeggiated triplets over a rocking bass. The music explores the colour possibilities of the different registers of the piano, the stately mood of the A section leading to an impassioned climax in the trio. Chord balance and voicing, as well as control of the pedal, are necessary ingredients of a beautiful performance.

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