Clementi has some very fine work thats a lot of fun to play, but it seems to me that he doesn't make the parts that are most fun to play/hear long enough
Hey, thats the one I am working on. My impression of Clementi's Sonatinas is that they are teaching tools that lead to the stuff that big girls and boys play, such as real Sonatas
. So, IMO, Clementi throws in all sorts of techniques in short order, such as the octaves that you mention. However short the passage, the idea is probably to learn how to play them rhythmically evenly, and voice the top and bottom appropriately.
I've worked mostly on the 3d movement of Clementi Op. 36 No. 1 and have found lots of spots where I could see Clementi focusing on specific technical points: e.g.,
- Descending runs in the right hand, played in rhythm with the left triplets. Left hand written very simply, on purpose, probably. I couldn't believe that I had a problem here, but when when I started to play the run fast (say dotted quarter = 60) the right and left hands started to get out of synch.
- Repeated triplets with left thumb (on middle C).
- Repeated notes in right-hand, teaching use of 1-2-3 pattern move hand into position for next passage.
- Phrasing and more phrasing!
- Observing rests, especially in left hand.
BTW, I don't presently have teacher so these opinions are my own. However, playing the Sonatinas makes me recall all sorts of technical issues from lessons long ago and pieces much harder and more frustrating
such as the Beethoven Sonatas I used to struggle with. Sonatinas are so much easier to play and memorize, while at the same time working on technique. And as an added benefit they sound pretty decent, too.
BTW, jgoo, do you use any pedal? I don't as it quickly turns to mush city.