Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5

Brahms, at the mere age of 20, wrote the Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5 in 1853 and published it the following year. The sonata is unusually large, consisting of five movements, as opposed to the traditional three or four. When he wrote this piano sonata, the genre was seen by many to be past its heyday. Brahms, enamored of Beethoven and the classical style, composed Piano Sonata No. 3 with a masterful combination of free Romantic spirit and strict classical architecture. Composed in Düsseldorf, it marks the end of his cycle of three sonatas, and was presented to Robert Schumann; it was the last work that Brahms submitted to Schumann for commentary.