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I recently saw the movie the Piano Teacher (we won't get into a discussion of the non-musical merits of the film) and would like to identify a piece heard in the movie. It is played by Erika's student/lover, Walter during a lesson in the latter half of the movie and I believe it is probably a Schubert waltz. I've never been a big Schubert fan but found this piece quite appealing. Can anyone identify it for me?
Yes - he does play that earlier in the movie at a recital. The one I'm trying to identify happens later on when he is alone with the teacher at a lesson. It is in a minor key, and I'm sure it's one of the waltzes.
Loc: Victoria, BC
I undoubtedly have the Waltz you are looking for in my supposedly complete collection of Schubert Dances. Unfortunately, however, I have not seen the movie, and going through the 164 Waltzes Schubert composed (under different titles) to isolate those in minor keys would be quite a challenge without further clues to the work.
That said, the credits for music in the film list the Schubert Sonata in A major, D.959, and the Piano Trio in E-flat, D.929.
The soundtrack CD La Pianiste lists only those two works by Schubert, as well.
BruceD - - - - - Estonia 190
I re-watched the scene in question and now believe it could be a piano transcription of one of the Winterreise songs, the vocal version of which was featured earlier in the movie. I found the CD soundtrack on Amazon which lists all of the tracks and there is a reference to a piano version of Der sturmische morgen. But I don't think it is a Liszt transcription. Did Schubert write piano transcriptions of his own lieder?