On March 26th of 1828, in the last spring of his life, Schubert gave a highly successful concert of his compositions in Vienna, bringing for him some mental and material stability for a while.
These were the weeks when the drafts for his piano sonatas in C minor, A major and B flat major were born and all the three pieces were finished by the autumn. The last one in B flat major was finished on September 26th, and then, two days later Schubert was playing excerpts of all the three sonatas at an evening party. In 1829 his brother, Ferdinand sold these works to the Diabelli Publishing House to be released a few years later dedicated to the young Robert Schumann who had always spoken of Schubert with huge enthusiasm. The middle and the last of these three piano sonatas will be played by Balázs Fülei at his solo recital in the Marble Hall of the Hungarian Radio on May 8th.
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Schubert at the piano by Rudolf Klingsbögl