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! 


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:

Happy sharing 😍

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  • Practiced through the first movement of the Galuppi sonata. Have not been able to play the last 2 pages through without some mistakes (lots of trills!) hence the pieced together video. My IMSLP score indicates some pedaling on the quarter notes…trying to figure out how much is appropriate. Also need smoother trills (with some shape maybe?) as some are quite long.  

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    • Andrea Buckland Thanks Andrea!

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    • Sindre Skarelven Thanks Sindre!

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      • Gail Starr
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      Vidhya Bashyam So poetic with lovely imagery!  I could picture a lovely young woman in a salon wearing a silk gown playing for her family after dinner.  And, I like your gentle way of ending phrases...it fits the piece perfectly.  You do a great job of trilling with a relaxed hand.  (sometimes trills make me nervous and I get tense!)

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    • Gail Starr Thanks Gail! I was attracted to this piece because of the imagery it invoked. I have always gravitated to romantic composers but realized recently (after binge watching various Scarlatti pieces on YouTube!) that there is a lot of romance in the music of the 18th century too. 

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      Vidhya Bashyam I TOTALLY nerd out on binge watching whatever composer we are working on 

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    • Vidhya Bashyam that is so light and prettily played! Thank you!

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    • Angela Fogg sorry- maybe ‘elegantly played’ would have phrased it better!

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    • Angela Fogg Thanks Angela! Looking forward to hearing your interpretations of Galuppi too!

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      Vidhya Bashyam What a beautiful playing, Vidhya! Pleasantly catches the listener.

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    • Juan Carlos Olite Thank you so much Juan Carlos!

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    • Vidhya Bashyam wonderful playing, really liked the style! 

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    • Derek McConville Thank you Derek!

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    • Monika Tusnady
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    "Not bad, could be better..." as an old teacher of mine would have said but...This is SUCH FUN! Definitely a keeper in my repertoire. Thanks for everyone's support; I'm off traveling as of Saturday but will be listening with great interest to all of your performances!

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      Monika Tusnady really enjoyed this!!! enjoy your traveling :)

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    • Monika Tusnady Fantastic, Monica! And have a good and safe journey!

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      Andrea 🙏🏻

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    • Monika Tusnady Beautiful! Maybe, add some dynamic changes here and there when things are repeated.

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    • Monika Tusnady Love it Monica! So dramatic. Beautifully played. Have a great trip!

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    • Monika Tusnady Great playing, Monika! This is such an awesome sonata, with those big contrasts, drama and sweetness. Definitely a keeper! Let's take a moment to thank Haydn for creating this for us. Enjoy your travels!  

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      Antonella Di Giulio It’s unbelievable, isn’t it? You plan your great dynamic variations, think that you’re doing them all, and upon listening, realize that they are barely audible! Maybe when I’m more comfortable with the piece, they will come to the fore some more. It’s a wonderfully fun Sonata with lots of humour and character, which are qualities that have become hugely important. 

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      THANK YOU everyone! In this challenge, the videos were prefaced with pictures from Tuscany 🇮🇹. In future challenges, I will feature Hungary 🇭🇺.

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    • Monika Tusnady So true.... it happens to me as well. But recording myself has helped me develop a great dynamic range in my live playing. 

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    • Monika Tusnady (and I LOVE Tuscany!)

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    • Monika Tusnady I love Tuscany too! Great pictures! Will be fun to discover what the next challenge will be. 

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      • Gail Starr
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      Monika Tusnady Great job, Bestie!  I'm so glad we can do these challenges together.  And I LOVE your 3rd mvt.!

       

      I finally got around to recording the entire 2nd movement, and played around with the 1st part of Mvt. 1. 

      Bon Voyage!

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