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: 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”:
- 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.
Here's my updated video on the begining of K545. I made some small progress. I'll now return to my regularly scheduled programming. This was fun, and I look forward to being able to play this beautiful sonata - which I will revisit in perhaps 6 months or so, at which time I will hopefully be able to play the accompaniment more softly and not go "thud" with my thumb. :-)