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.
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!
Modern pianos (or is the plural "piani"
That sounds like a kind of sandwich.
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)