To the publishers Breitkopf and Haertel in Leipzig
Vienna, 12th August 1826
In the hope that my name is not wholly unknown to you, I am venturing to ask whether you would be disposed to take over at a moderate price some of my compositions, for I very much want to become as well known as possible in Germany. Your selection could be made from the following: – songs with pianoforte accompaniment, string quartets, piano forte sonatas, pieces for four hands, etc., etc., and I have also written an octet. Should you avail yourselves of this suggestion I should feel it a special honour to be associated with such an old-established and well-known publishing house.
Awaiting an early reply,
I remain, with the greatest respect,
My address: Auf der Wieden, No. 100, close to the Karlskirche, 5th staircase, 2nd floor.
Just like his famous symphony # 8, Schubert’s piano sonata # 8 is also unfinished.
It comes in a surprising key F-Sharp Minor and composed by the composer at age 20.
Following is the fragment left by composer from the first movement titled „Allegro Moderato“ lasting around 7 to 8 minutes;
But why do you think Schubert abandoned the sonata and left the movement
unfinished? What might have prompted him to do so? *