No other great composer has written as many works for four-handed piano as Franz Schubert - 54 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 comprising Schubert's music for piano four hands, the pieces are classified in chronological order.
Volume I contains three very early pieces from the years 1810 to 1813, while the others mostly date from the year 1818. Among the latter is the masterful Grande So-nate in B flat major D 617. At the end are two difficult works to classify genuinely chronologically, one of which, Allegro Moderato and Andante D 968, sometimes also called "Sonatine", was most probably written for educational purposes.