Schubert (Tuns): Sonata in a minor "Arpeggione" arr. for oboe and piano
Code: JP1114 ISMN: 979-0-3019-0678-1
The Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor, D. 821, was written by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) in November 1824. It is the only notable composition for the arpeggione existing today. The piece was probably commissioned by Schubert’s friend Vincenz Schuster, who was a virtuoso of the arpeggione, a bowed instrument with six strings which had just been invented the previous year. However, by the time the sonata was published posthumously in 1871, the interest in the arpeggione had long since disappeared.
The Sonata Arpeggione has been arranged for a number of string and wind instruments including cello, viola, flute, clarinet, saxophone and others. The edition presented here for oboe and piano has been arranged by Christian Tuns. Octave adjustments were needed due to the more limited range of the oboe compared to the arpeggione. Nevertheless, the music works well on oboe and fills a gap in the available repertoire for oboe from the nineteenth century.