Allegro op.8, B minor
composed in 1831 - Dédié à Mademoiselle la Baronne Ernestine de Fricken
The Allegro in B minor was actually the first movement of a sonata that remained unfinished despite the imprecation “God grant that I can bring this gigantic work to conclusion.” Schumann’s diary for 1832 reads: “I was happy with the sonata—the last movement is still missing—yet I am quite exhausted and desolate.” The opening triad motif, which also functions as its own answer in tonal inversion at the close of the movement, is the seed of additional themes. The work is one of Schumann’s more improvisatory pieces, containing several long cadenzas and some unusually free transitional passages.

Translation: William Melton
© Franz Vorraber