Franz Schubert wrote this sonata at the age of 19, in 1816. It can be said that Schubert wrote his first three sonatas as if Beethoven, in his 10 violin sonatas, had not developed the genre beyond Mozart. Regarding their common title of 'sonatinas' - this was designated by a publisher rather than Schubert himself, perhaps to entice amateurs to approach them without qualms about their technical difficulty. The Sonata No 1 has just three movements and sparkles with Mozartean charm.
Recorded in Nelson Centre of Musical Arts by RNZ
Sound engineer: Darryl Stack