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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    • Juan Carlos Olite
    • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
    • Juan_Carlos
    • 2 mths ago
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    Happy to have finished learning, at the last minute, this wonderful sonata. But, many details remain to be polished.

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    • Juan Carlos Olite Bravo!!! You are just incredible, Juan Carlos! This sounds beautiful! I will definitely need a few more days on my third movement. At the moment I feel like I am not … even … close 😅 Thank you for sharing this wonderful sonata. 

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      • Michael
      • Art Historian, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Former Harpsichordist
      • MichaelP
      • 2 mths ago
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      Juan Carlos Olite you shape the phrases so beautifully, your fingers fly, your timing is superb, and the composition is full of surprises. You’ve ascended very close to the Platonic ideal!

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    • Juan Carlos Olite that sounds beautiful, Juan! It is such a lively and playful movement, and played with such nice phrasing too! 

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    • Juan Carlos Olite Amazing playing. So glad your were able to make it through and post it. You and Andrea Buckland really did “rock” the public forum as you hoped. 

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 2 mths ago
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      Andrea Buckland Michael Natalie Peh Vidhya Bashyam Thank you so much! With such a friendly group of piano mates it is very easy to be encouraged to practice more and more... Thank you 🙂!

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      • Michelle R
      • Michelle_Russell
      • 2 mths ago
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      Juan Carlos Olite beautiful! Such joy! Your playing brought a smile to my face. Thank you.

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 2 mths ago
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      Michelle R Thank you very much, Michelle! I'm so glad you like it 🙂

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    • Juan Carlos Olite Bravo, Juan Carlos!! I’ve listened to all your movements, and you have gotten them all ingrained in your fingers, with a true Mozart sound, in two weeks! 

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 1 mth ago
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      Sindre Skarelven Thank you very much, Sindre! It's been an intensive piano month: Mozart, Brahms, Bach... 😂

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    • Michelle R
    • Michelle_Russell
    • 2 mths ago
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    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. :-) 

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    • Michelle R well done, Michelle

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    • Michelle R good job! Would be lovely to hear from you when you come back to the piece later! 

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 2 mths ago
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      Michelle R Good job, Michelle! Step by step and always practicing 🙂

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    • Michelle R Nice. Great progress! 

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      • Michelle R
      • Michelle_Russell
      • 2 mths ago
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      Andrea Buckland Natalie Peh Juan Carlos Olite Vidhya Bashyam Thank you all for your comments and encouragement. I keep adding to the list of pieces I want to learn how to play!

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      • Hazel
      • 2 mths ago
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      Michelle R That’s coming along nicely!

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      • Michelle R
      • Michelle_Russell
      • 2 mths ago
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      Hazel thank you, Hazel! I was happy with it - I wanted to finish through measure 12, but the arpeggios toward the end gave me difficulty, so I didn't quite make my original goal. 

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    • Michelle R It’s a nice start, and it will be fun for you to return to this later on! 

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      • Michelle R
      • Michelle_Russell
      • 1 mth ago
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      Sindre Skarelven Thank you, Sindre. I'm looking forward to returning to it!

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      • Will Green
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      • Will_Green
      • 1 mth ago
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      Michelle R God bless you. Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing.

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      • Michelle R
      • Michelle_Russell
      • 1 mth ago
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      Will Green thank you! My fingers get nervous when I turn on the camera - it's kind of annoying. But I do enjoying learning, and am seeing improvement. 🙂

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  • I guess time is running out for this challenge. So this is how far I got with the third movement.

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    • Andrea Buckland you got pretty far, and it sounds good so far!

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    • Natalie Peh thanks Natalie! How are you doing? 

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    • Andrea Buckland Great you made it to the last movement. Nice playing!

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