Revisiting Schubert Impromptu in Eb, Op. 90, No. 2

Since I have two students immersed in this gorgeously spun out Impromptu, my review has been perfectly timed.

Schubert’s composition challenges the player to be lyrical through swaths of triplets. These roll out as fast but contoured melody.

Laying a good learning foundation requires attentive listening and a well-conceived fingering tied to Slow practicing.


The contrasting middle section catapults the player into a high energy, punctuated zone, before a return of unwavering triplets spill into a climactic CODA (borrowing the middle section motif) in bedazzling ACCELERANDO.

Without a doubt, a composition of this magnitude should be practiced in baby steps.

Schubert on the Baldwin grand (a Coda snatch)

An Adult Student at the beginning of her
Schubertian journey

(Her approach is patient, deliberate and deep layered)

About arioso7: Shirley Kirsten

International piano teacher by Skype, recording artist, composer, piano finder, freelance writer, film maker, story teller: Grad of the NYC HS of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, NYU (Master of Arts) Studies with Lillian Freundlich and Ena Bronstein; Master classes with Murray Perahia and Oxana Yablonskaya. Studios in BERKELEY and EL CERRITO, California; Member, Music Teachers Assoc. of California, MTAC; Distance learning and Skyped instruction with supplementary videos: SKYPE ID, shirleypiano1 Contact me at: OR or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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