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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:50 pm 
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hyenal wrote:
Hi Monica, may I ask you which sonata of Mozart you're going to work on?
(BTW thank you for the email!)


It's K570 - I thought it was easy to sight-read when I played through it the first time. That's why I asked about its ranking in terms of difficulty-level. But according to the book I recently purchased from Terez, it is considered M-D (moderately-difficult). I was surprised be this and felt I must be doing something wrong if I think the piece is easy to play. Then I listened to the pros play it and know now that it goes at a pretty quick tempo, which makes some passages a little tricky. Still, this Sonata is easier than many of the others, but all three movements have a nice feel and style - I like them.


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She talks about phrasing, pedal, bass, limited use of rubato, endings, etc. She told this funny story about Arthur Shnabel who would say never use any pedal in Mozart. In reality if you watched his feat, he used pedal all the time in mozart sonatas. I guess the key was he used very limited pedal and in key spots only Smile Admittedly there is usually more then 1 way to do things


Thanks, Stan - that's a funny story!

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Modern pianos (or is the plural "piani"

That sounds like a kind of sandwich. :lol:

I didn't know about pianos in Mozart's day having levers for the dampers. Interesting... And it makes me wonder why Shnabel said that about not using any pedal when playing Mozart. If Mozart had some sort of damper-lifting mechanism, then he himself must have used it - at least somewhat. (maybe his knees got tired)

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That's kind of funny :)

Even if the piano had a knee lever I understand the sustain power wasn't very strong. I always assumed that people only used that pedal in rare occasions for 'special effects'. I could be wrong though.


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I didn't know about pianos in Mozart's day having levers for the dampers. Interesting... And it makes me wonder why Shnabel said that about not using any pedal when playing Mozart. If Mozart had some sort of damper-lifting mechanism, then he himself must have used it - at least somewhat. (maybe his knees got tired)


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My piano instructor at Eastern Ill. University had a Stein piano of the Mozart period. It was an experience to play.

Schnabel was right -- Never use pedal in Mozart, use only knee. :roll:

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pianolady wrote:
It's K570 - I thought it was easy to sight-read when I played through it the first time. That's why I asked about its ranking in terms of difficulty-level. But according to the book I recently purchased from Terez, it is considered M-D (moderately-difficult). I was surprised be this and felt I must be doing something wrong if I think the piece is easy to play. Then I listened to the pros play it and know now that it goes at a pretty quick tempo, which makes some passages a little tricky. Still, this Sonata is easier than many of the others, but all three movements have a nice feel and style - I like them.

For unknown reason (I never ask her) my teacher in my childhood let me learn many many Mozarts sonatas and I found them nearly always boring :lol: But I'm not sure that I played that K570, too (I quit taking her lesson at the age of 13 and after that I bought a CS recordings, so I cannot decide which I really learned and which I just heard from those recordings). I just saw your artist page on the main site and noticed that you never recorded a Mozart so far, even though you have already made so many recordings! I'm looking forward to hear your Mozart :D (By the way I'm planning to learn a Mozart sonata as a next piece, too. It is listed also as M-D like yours - K310.)

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RSPIll wrote:
Schnabel was right -- Never use pedal in Mozart, use only knee. :roll:


Ahahahaha - good one! :)


hyenal wrote:
I just saw your artist page on the main site and noticed that you never recorded a Mozart so far, even though you have already made so many recordings! I'm looking forward to hear your Mozart (By the way I'm planning to learn a Mozart sonata as a next piece, too. It is listed also as M-D like yours - K310.)


I know - I have been meaning to record some Mozart for a long time, but just never got around to it. Probably because I have been so hung up on all my 'regular' guys. :wink: Plus, this may sound strange, but I really don't like having to learn and record a whole sonata. I don't even like to listen to them that much. They have so many repeats and sometimes go on and on. Some of them I like, but I much prefer shorter pieces or at least pieces that are just one movement. Having said that, I do plan on recording the first movement of the sonata I'm working on and then later I'll do the second and third. I have to first finish up the Kabalevsky Sonata.

I'm looking forward to hearing your Mozart too! :)

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