No other great composer has written as many works for piano four hands as Franz Schubert - 54 works in all (including 32 with opus number): fantasies, dances, marches, variations, rondos, sonatas , etc. Playing music together, often in a friendly atmosphere, was an integral part of life within Schubert's circle of friends. What a pleasure to work these pieces! In the three volumes of the Henle-Urtext edition containing Schubert's piano music for four hands, the pieces are classified in chronological order.
Volume II contains 26 pieces in all, 19 of which are collected in four separate opuses of three, four and six pieces: Three Military Marches, Four Ländler as well as six Grand Marches and Trios and as many Poles. These works date from the years 1818 to 1826. The best known piece in this volume is undoubtedly the sonata in C major D 812 also known as the Grand Duo and composed in 1824. However, without wishing to relegate the other works to the second plan, the seven steps are also sumptuous works.