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#1734978 - 08/17/11 10:20 AM Been looking through Mozarts A minor sonata...
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Been looking through Mozarts A minor sonata and was wondering whether I should attempt to learn it. The notes honestly don't seem that daunting, but what I do fear is that the emotional and musical requirements needed to express Mozart's music, this is one of my first Mozart sonatas and I am really curious on finding out what difficulties you would find within this piece.

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#1734984 - 08/17/11 10:25 AM Re: Been looking through Mozarts A minor sonata... [Re: Gould]
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#1734986 - 08/17/11 10:27 AM Re: Been looking through Mozarts A minor sonata... [Re: Gould]
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like all mozart, the difficulty is making it sound crystalline and smooth

#1734995 - 08/17/11 10:38 AM Re: Been looking through Mozarts A minor sonata... [Re: Gould]
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Are you talking about No. 8 in A minor, K 310 ? If it's the case, then yes, this sonata is quite difficult. I played (I should say: "I had to play") the 1st movement for the 6th (or was it the 7th year) exam at the conservatory. However, it's very interesting, very pleasant to play, and quite rewarding. I also find this sonata very varied. Logically, the difficulties are also quite varied. By the way, it's also rather long.
Whether you can learn this sonata as your first Mozart sonata, I can't say. It may well be the case, if your level is high enough (have you played some Bach, Beethoven ?). About the emotional requirement, it's not so important. You can still learn it and refine it musically and emotionaly in the future.
In any cases, ALL Mozart's sonatas are very difficult in my opinion. A perfect touch is needed to play them correctly. If I had to choose for a public audition between Chopin's revolutionary (or even more challenging etudes like Winter Wind or op 25 no 8), or any Mozart's sonata, I would choose Chopin with no hesitation...

#1735007 - 08/17/11 11:02 AM Re: Been looking through Mozarts A minor sonata... [Re: Gould]
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The technical difficulties are the same as those of any Mozart Piano Sonata or concerto - lots of runs requiring precise control (I've heard quite a few concert performances where the pianist accelerate during every extended run...) and coordination with the other hand - including in the slow movement. In the finale, there're some rapid leaps (some pianists even jerk the rhythm to make things easier for themselves, but it just gives the impression of 'hiccuping'...) to contend with.

The emotional part of the work will come once you've mastered the notes - some pianists play it with an echt-Beethoven ferocity; others prefer a more classical restraint...
"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."

#1735175 - 08/17/11 03:26 PM Re: Been looking through Mozarts A minor sonata... [Re: Gould]
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It's very hard. Very, very hard. Just like everything else Mozart learned. It would be a tremendous learning experience, and is a wonderful piece of music. Take some time and work on it and see how well you fare with it!


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