Schubert : The Arpeggione sonata 1st movement (Arranged for Brass quintet)
Product Code : Schubert_02
The Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano (D. 821), was written in Vienna in November 1824. The sonata is the only substantial composition for the arpeggione (which was essentially a bowed guitar) which remains today. The piece was probably commissioned by Schubert's friend Vincenz Schuster, who was a virtuoso of the arpeggione, an instrument which had been invented only the previous year. By the time the sonata was published in 1871, the enthusiasm for the novelty of the arpeggione had long since vanished, together with the instrument itself. Today, the piece is heard almost exclusively in transcriptions for cello and piano or viola and piano that were arranged after the initial publication, although versions that substitute other instrumentsâ€”including double bass, flute, euphonium and clarinet for the arpeggione, or guitar or harp for the piano part are also performed today. However, this is the first time that it has been made available for brass quintet. It is quite a virtuosic piece with many fast runs, but again we have done are utmost to make this as playable as possible by appropriately dividing the runs, and interval leaps between different instruments. We hope that you will enjoy playing this great work. Technically we would class this as of intermediate difficulty.
In most cases, this is the arrangment being played back using the Sibelius video export facility, but in some cases this is an actual performance by groups commissioned by Undiscovered Brass to actually perform the arrangment.
The Arpeggione sonata 1st movement (Arranged for Brass quintet)