Moldovan-Austrian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Turkish pianist Fazıl Say perform Franz Schubert’s Violin Sonata in A minor, D 385. The sonata was composed in 1816 when the Austrian composer was 19 years old.

The piece is in four movements:

  1. Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Menuetto. Allegro
  4. Allegro

The work was published as sonatinas posthumously but called a sonata by the composer.

Violin was Schubert’s first seriously studied instrument: at age six, Franz began to receive regular instruction from his father, and a year later was enrolled at his father’s school. His formal musical education started around the same time. His father taught him basic violin technique, and his brother Ignaz gave him piano lessons.

In 1816, he wrote three Sonatas for violin and piano (D 384, D 385, and D 408). These were his first pieces for violin and piano, composed when he was nineteen.


  1. Franz Schubert on Wikipedia
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