Schubert's 22 piano sonatas very faithfully reflect the musical journey of this composer who died too soon. Starting from the first tests carried out between sixteen and nineteen, they allow us to retrace the constant evolution of his writing up to the five great so-nates composed between 1823 and 1826, then to the three masterful sonatas composed shortly before his death which undoubtedly place him at the same level of mastery as Beetho-ven in this area.
The Urtext edition in three volumes of the piano sonatas of Franz Schubert in the Henle editions contains in this volume I seven sonatas of the first two periods all passed into posterity with specific opus numbers. Only two were published during Schu-bert's lifetime. The volume begins with the probably best known sonata of these two periods, the A major sonata D 664, op. post. 120. Given the significant difference between the dates of composition - 1817, 1823, 1825 - these works are very different from the formal point of view and in their expression.