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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    • Monika Tusnady
    • The Retired French Teacher
    • Monikainfrance
    • 6 mths ago
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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 that sounds fantastic, crisp and dramatic and the style really works! 

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      • Monika Tusnady
      • The Retired French Teacher
      • Monikainfrance
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      Gail Starr did you want me to to do a mash-up on iMovie with our combined efforts? I’m not sure about how large files can travel across the Atlantic, but we might consider. 

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
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      Monika Tusnady I would LOVE that!  Can you download my files from YouTube?  I'll also try to email them to you as an attachment from iPhoto.

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 6 mths ago
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      Monika Tusnady Wonderful played, Monika! With character and direction; what an imaginative and amazing composer, Haydn!! Enjoy your travels.

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      • Monika Tusnady
      • The Retired French Teacher
      • Monikainfrance
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      Juan Carlos Olite It's a great little Sonata, isn't it? Like most good music, the better you know it, the more you respect it. 

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    • Monika I really enjoyed your video! 👏🏻 Especially the 3rd mvmt. Was so exciting. 

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  • Hi everyone, arriving a little late to this challenge. I have worked on a Mozart piece for the first time in a few years and wanted to post a short update. It’s the final movement from Sonata in C Maj K330. Trying to get my left hand to articulate was a challenge and getting better contrast in dynamics will be my focus over the next few days. I also hope to memorize one piece this month!

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 6 mths ago
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      Derek McConville Sounding great!  I love the way you are already contrasting the sections.  In another week, you will smooth out the faster parts beautifully.  Maybe Antonella has some suggestions about how to end trills smoothly?  (I have that problem!)

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    • Gail Starr thank you! Nowhere to hide with Mozart, that is for sure :)

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
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      Derek McConville So true!  But you have NOTHING to hide, so you're in great shape!

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    • Derek McConville Beautiful performance. Since you will be working on the dynamic this week, maybe try to consequently adjust the left hand accordingly (a bit softer :) ) Great job, and welcome to this challenge!

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    • Derek McConville Gail Starr I teach my students to roll up the wrist at the end of the trills so that they do not end by falling down on the last note: it should be like walking up ...

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    • Derek McConville Nice playing! You have captured the spirit of this movement very well.

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    • Antonella Di Giulio thank you, appreciate the feedback! 

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    • Vidhya Bashyam thank you! 

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    • Derek McConville Well done, Derek, sound great! I love this sonata, it’s so up-lifting. If everyone would listen to it from time to time, the world will be a much better place. 

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    • Derek McConville great playing, Derek! what beautiful music!

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      • Monika Tusnady
      • The Retired French Teacher
      • Monikainfrance
      • 6 mths ago
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      Derek McConville Wonderful start! You will surely have it all memorized by the end of the challenge. I don't know about you, but when I'm looking for more contrast in my playing, I take a quick breath before the contrasting section and voilà! I have time to reframe. 

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    • Sindre Skarelven thank you, I agree Mozart makes everything better :)

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    • Andrea Buckland thank you! 

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 6 mths ago
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      Derek McConville Great playing, Derek! Mozart, as many times, offers cheerful and lively music. 

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    • Juan Carlos Olite thank you! 

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    • Derek McConville very nice, your playing brings out the melody very well

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
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      Antonella Di Giulio I'm playing with a violinist this afternoon, the Mozart violin sonata in G maj.  I will work on rolling up my wrist at the end of the trills.

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    • Gail Starr How did the violin sonata go?

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