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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)

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