Liszt noted on the sonata's manuscript that it was completed on February 2, 1853, but he had composed an earlier version by 1849. At this point in his life, Liszt's career as a traveling virtuoso had almost entirely subsided, as he had been influenced towards leading the life of a composer rather than a performer by Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein almost five years earlier. [not in citation given] Liszt's life was established in Weimar and he was living a comfortable lifestyle, composing, and occasionally performing, entirely by choice rather than necessity.[citation needed]

Date of composition 1853 (1852-1853)
Premiered 1857, January 27th in Berlin, Germany by Hans von Bülow
First published 1854, Breitkopf & Härtel in Leipzig, Germany
Dedicated to Robert Schumann
Type Sonata
Tonality B Minor
Catalogue S. 178
Approx. duration 30 minutes
Instruments Piano
Autotranslations beta Franz Liszt: Sonate pour piano en si mineur, S. 178
Franz Liszt: Sonata per pianoforte in si minore, S. 178
Franz Liszt: Sonate für Klavier h-moll, S. 178