Musical Borrowing
An Annotated Bibliography

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[+] Schwarting, Heino. "Komposition nach Vorbild: Vergleiche bei Schubert und Beethoven." Musica 38 (March/April 1984): 130-38.

The fourth movement of Schubert's Piano Sonata in A major, D. 959 (1828), is closely related to the third movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 31, No. 1 (1802), which Schubert knew. Similarities between the two Allegretto finales are visible in the formal structure of the opening theme, the partial chromaticism of the thematic material, some rhythmic patterns, harmonic progressions, and overall form. Another conscious borrowing occurs in Schubert's Grand Rondeau in A major for piano four hands, D. 951, which is based on the second movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 90; in this case, unlike the previous one, Schubert composed a work that differed considerably in emotional expression from Beethoven's, despite similarities in form. There is also a less obvious parallel between the second movements of Schubert's Piano Trio in E flat major, D. 929, and Beethoven's Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1.

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