Week 4 Thread: The Meaning in Music
Welcome to the Main Thread for the fourth week of "Mozart & Haydn - Music from the 18th Century" challenge!
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Where is the meaning in a piece of music written in the 18th century for keyboard only? Is that music meaningless? Or was this type of music only composed for solely entertainment purposes?
Try to find the meaningful elements in the music you have studied this month
And… Post a clip of your beautiful performance!
Pick a piece from the suggested repertoire according to your level or share any piece written during the 18th century that you have been working on!
If you want to describe your process, feel free to use the following template.
- Piece(s) you have been working on:
- Things you found easy:
- Things you found difficult:
My contribution this final week is the last movement (Allegretto) from K330 by Mozart which I have just about managed to play from memory.
I found it challenging to retain as much of the detail and bring out contrast when playing from memory and there are still passages which are not practiced enough.
It was really nice to work on however and i found it helped me to imagine the "Gallant" style discussed in the thread!
This has been a very enriching challenge. Unlike the music of the late Classical period (that seems to wear a “VERY serious expression”), the Galant style is brimming with humour, character, and lightheartedness. Playing Haydn is like having lunch with a perennially happy person with whom you can discuss important topics in an animated and engaging way. Like the rest of you, I have appreciated Antonella’s insightful comments on our earlier efforts as well as the support of this entire community!
With a little bit of struggle, I'm glad to present the final version of Haydn Sonata in E-flat Hob: XVI 38. Some small mistakes here and there, but that was the best I could to today.
I want to thank Antonella for guiding us threw the wonderful music of the 18-century, and everyone for your encouraging comments and videos! :)