Week 2 Thread: The Era of Haydn and Mozart!
Welcome to the Main Thread for the third week of "Mozart & Haydn - Music from the 18th Century" challenge!
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This week, we will talk about the different ways composers were trained during the 18th century and how they could achieve such high productivity through schemas and patterns
Look at a different piece by the same composer you are studying and try to compare the music to the new piece you are practicing now.
If you are ready, post a short clip of the patterns you found in your music! One of the ways we grow is through feedback and self-reflection.
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 first video of Haydn Sonata XVI:34 in E minor (sorry the mistakes, Antonella). There are several problems: what to do with so many silences, fermatas... (sometimes it seems that it is very easy to lose the tempo)? I would like to play the Alberti bass in the third movement with more lightness and accuracy, is there some kind of special exercise for that? Anyway, I love this music and, as still one week left, I will try to do a new video with more time and care.
We went to a piano recital on 10 August given by Eric Lu, an American pianist who won the Leeds Piano Competition in the UK in 2018. The last American to win the Leeds was Murray Perahia.
The festival is tiny. It's in the Parish Church in Thaxted, Essex. It attracts top flight performers despite its size.
Eric played Schubert's Sonata in C major, which was unfinished by Schubert, Schumann's Waldenszenen Op 82, and Chopin's 2nd Piano sonata. Eric was going to play JS Bach's Toccato in C minor but he had an injury to his right hand so he left this off the programme. It was amazing to see him deliver the Chopin while resting his right arm down by his side whenever possible throughout the Chopin.
He gave an encore, despite the obvious injury. He played the 'Andante cantible' from Mozart's Sonata X in C major K330. He played it beautifully but did not announce the name of the piece so I made enquiries from the organisers.
They just responded so I downloaded the score. I have added this to this month's challenge as it will be playable when I have given it sufficient attention. I am just about getting it off the page. The F minor section is divine.
Looking forward to hearing the wonderful jewels that the TB students have been learning for this month's Challenge concert. You are all so passionate about your music. It's so lovely to see and hear!