Public Space for "Improve Your MOZART Sonata With Orli Shaham!"

Fresh off the release of her tonebase course “Inside Mozart’s Piano Sonatas,” Orli Shaham is here to help take you to the next step with your Mozart playing.

 

This Intensive is meant for pianists who are currently working on a movement from one of Mozart’s 18 Sonatas. Whether you’re just getting started with the “Easy Sonata” K. 545, or are trying to polish one of his more virtuosic Sonatas, you WILL improve your improve your technique and interpretation of Mozart and Classical Sonata Form.

 

WELCOME TO THE PUBLIC SPACE OF "Improve Your MOZART Sonata With Orli Shaham!"

Unfortunately, you haven’t been randomly selected to participate in one of the groups. But you can still follow along with this month’s assignments in the Public Space and interact there with fellow community members!

Why don’t you start by saying hello to everybody and tell us what you look forward to for the next two weeks?

 

ASSIGNMENT 1

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbqGvTN2aB4&feature=emb_title

 

ASSIGNMENT: Pick a movement from one of Mozart's 18 Sonatas to focus on over the next 2 weeks. Begin applying the stylistic, musical, and technical tips Orli gives in her course lessons and assignment video (see below). Post your progress in this thread along with questions for Orli.

 

Video clips are encouraged but not required!
For less experienced players, you should start with the C major, K545 1st movement. There’s no obligation to finish a movement in 2 weeks – you might only get through a single passage, and that's okay! And overachievers are welcome to work on more than one movement.
What matters is how much you can develop your skills within whatever scope you’re comfortable with. If you’re working on a Fantasy, Rondo, Adagio, or other Mozart piece that’s not a Sonata, that’s fine. But we encourage you to study a movement from a Sonata as well.“Inside Mozart’s Piano Sonatas”:
https://app.tonebase.co/piano/home?tbModal=courseModal&tbModalSlug=orli-shaham-inside-mozarts-piano-sonatas
  • REQUIRED: (1) Watch the “Quick tips” video first, and try the warm up and exercises Orli recommends before your practice sessions; (2) Watch the Intro video on the History & Style of the Sonatas; (3) Watch the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd movement video corresponding with you sonata.

 

  • OPTIONAL: You may benefit from studying the video on “Ornamenting Mozart” and “Mozart in Minor,” to the extent that it applies to your piece.
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    • Hazel
    • Hazel
    • 6 mths ago
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    Hello, I’m practising the 1st movement of k332 for an exam and hoping to get some tips on style and interpretation.  I’ve watched all the lessons available on Mozart so far I think and found them really useful.  🙂

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  • Hi everyone! Let’s try and make this public space work. Will there be an assignment to start with?Dominic Cheli orlishaham

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    • Andrea Buckland which sonata will you be practising? Look forward to your video!

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    • Natalie Peh This is a really hard decision! But I think I‘m going to make a start on the first movement of KV 282 - No 4 in E flat

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    • Andrea Buckland Such a pretty sonata. Can’t wait to hear you play it.

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    • Vidhya Bashyam Which one are you playing, Vidhya? I hope I can hear you at our next zoom session? Can’t wait! 

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    • Andrea Buckland  Hi Andrea. I am practicing sonata 331. Hopefully I will be ready to play some of it next time :)

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    • Andrea Buckland that's a lovely one, looking forward to your rendition 

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    • Juan Carlos Olite
    • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
    • Juan_Carlos
    • 6 mths ago
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    Hello everyone! I am practising the Sonata k330 and hope to get some tips too, although in part this sonata has been treated in the excellent lessons. 

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    •  Very much looking forward to hearing you Juan Carlos Olite and Hazel play! So great we can support one another in this forum. 

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    • Juan Carlos Olite I love that sonata! An absolute favorite of mine. I will be practicing the A-minor K310.

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    • Juan Carlos Olite looking forward to your video too!  I'm also going to practise another one in C major, K309

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 6 mths ago
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      Andrea Buckland Sindre Skarelven Natalie Peh Sonatas K310 and k309 are gorgeous too. Well, I'll try to make the video in two o three days. I have to solve some problems with the trills, they are everywhere... 🙄

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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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    I'm so sad that I didn't get in to this 2-week intensive.  I haven't had much time to check in with tonebase, and I think I didn't apply early enough.  Any way I can at least watch the lessons?  I'll pick a movement to do on my own.

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    • Gail Starr Hi Gail! The assignment is posted above! You can watch everything and the lessons! I apologize, right now we actually completely randomize the group selection so that it is fair to those that can't sign up right away (time zones or more).

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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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      Dominic Cheli You're the BEST!  I'm also watching Orli's Mozart Sonata class, so I'll get up to speed soon.

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    • Michelle R
    • Michelle_Russell
    • 6 mths ago
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    I'm not sure that I'm ready to work on a Sonata (which is why I didn't try to sign up), but perhaps I'll try to work on the first measures of the K545. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!! I look forward to hearing what others here are working on. 

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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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      Michelle R Let's just do whatever little bit we can.  We'll learn a ton, no matter what!

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      • Michelle R
      • Michelle_Russell
      • 6 mths ago
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      Gail Starr quite right! Now I'm at the "how in the world do I do this?" stage, which will soon be followed by the "OK, I'm figuring things out" stage. :-) 

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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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      Michelle R Well, I'm WAY ahead of you because I'm in the "OMG why did I even sign up for this" stage!   However, I feel lucky because I actually found an additional Tonebase tutorial on my Sonata from Sara Davis Buechner.  So, maybe with TWO experts helping me, I'll make sense of this?

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      • Michelle R
      • Michelle_Russell
      • 6 mths ago
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      Gail Starr Yes - I know that stage well! Though I find that it never quite goes away and seems to be more an ever-present feeling than an actual stage. In many ways it's easier for me, though, because I've been playing only since April, so my expectations are low. I had planned to learn something much easier this month! But I've also been wanting to join in with all of you fun people, so a few measures here and there it is. 

      I found Sara Davis Buechner's tutorial on my chosen Sonata very helpful. I'm sure you don't need as much help as you think, as your playing is beautiful. I look forward to hearing you!

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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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      Michelle R I'm SO thrilled that you are a newbie!  The Tonebase community is always super fun and friendly, so don't hesitate to ask if you'd like anyone to meet up on Zoom or FaceTime to give suggestions.

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      • Michelle R
      • Michelle_Russell
      • 6 mths ago
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      Gail Starr Thanks so much, Gail. My son (Thurmond) is always willing to help me out when I need assistance, but I certainly appreciate your kind offer. I've been quite impressed with the People of Tonebase. I decided to get my own account so I could join in on all the fun! 

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  • Hello.  I have spent the last year working exclusively on the Mozart sonatas.  For this assignment, I have decided to work on K 279, 3rd movement.  The Mozart sonatas are the main reason I studied piano in my youth and into college.  I have already gained valuable insights into the sonatas after watching Orli Shaham's sonata series, and I hope to learn more through this process.

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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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    I'm having a tough time picking a movement to work on!  i think I'll listen to Orli's recordings this evening and just grab the first one that sparkles to me!

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