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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    First approach to this sonata. Trills are an authentic headache in the first movement. I'd like to try more videos of this piece (third movement, another of the first movement...) but there is not much time in two weeks course.

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    • Juan Carlos Olite Great playing! I enjoyed listening to both movements. I agree that the trills are a headache for sure with this one but you play them so well. I like how you are playing so deliberately but with such a light touch too as this sonata needs. Looking forward to hearing the 3rd movement. 

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    • Juan Carlos Olite Bravo, Juan Carlos!! Well done!! Can’t believe how quickly you learn all these notes! The first movement is very cheerful and fun to listen to your playing, and the second movement  simply beautiful! 

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      • Michael
      • Art Historian, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Former Harpsichordist
      • MichaelP
      • 2 mths ago
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      Juan Carlos Olite beautiful playing. The adagio is gorgeous! Sounds like you have your trills all worked out. I bet with practice they will continue to become even more fluent.

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      • Michelle R
      • Michelle_Russell
      • 2 mths ago
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      Juan Carlos Olite Thank you for sharing, Juan Carlos. These are played beautifully. I found the second movement to be especially lovely.

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 2 mths ago
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      Vidhya Bashyam Andrea Buckland Michael Michelle R Thank you so much, piano friends! The problem with the trills is the uncertainty, when you attacks a trill you never knows if it will be clear, correct or a blunder 🙄. Anyway, this music boosts your mood.

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    • Juan Carlos Olite Beautiful playing! Both the movements sound good!

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 2 mths ago
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      Natalie Peh Thank you very much, Natalie! How's going with your Sonata?

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    • Juan Carlos Olite the first movement is still work in progress, though I think it is more steady than when I played for our group 

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    • Hazel
    • Hazel
    • 2 mths ago
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    Here’s the exposition of K332 so far. https://youtu.be/vXkIXUpqeE8

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      • Michelle R
      • Michelle_Russell
      • 2 mths ago
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      Hazel Very nice! 

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    • Hazel Bravo, Hazel! Well done!

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 2 mths ago
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      Hazel Sounds great, Hazel! Well done!

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  • Hi again! Here is my update on Kv 282 1st and 2nd movement. Work in progress…

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      • Michelle R
      • Michelle_Russell
      • 2 mths ago
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      Andrea Buckland These are lovely, Andrea! There was such gentle clarity in the 1st movement - it felt as though you were having a thoughtful conversation between yourself and your piano. 

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    • Michelle R Thank you very much, Michelle! 

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    • Andrea Buckland Great job! So thoughtfully and beautifully played.

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    • Vidhya Bashyam Thank you very much, dear Vidhya! 

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 2 mths ago
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      Andrea Buckland Bravo, Andrea! What a beautiful, operatic, way of singing with the piano in the 2nd movement, I love it. And, of course, a very playful and happy Menuett.  I have enjoyed your playing very much having Sunday breakfast 🙂

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    • Andrea Buckland thanks for sharing! Beautiful playing, with a gorgeous melody line, in your signature dolce style!

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    • Juan Carlos Olite thank you, dear Juan Carlos! I very much enjoyed your Brahms yesterday! Have a wonderful Sunday 🙏

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    • Natalie Peh thanks, dear Natalie! I love this sonata more and more. Sorry I can’t see your Mozart uploads but it was great hearing some of it on zoom. This was gorgeous!

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      • Michael
      • Art Historian, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Former Harpsichordist
      • MichaelP
      • 2 mths ago
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      Andrea Buckland Beautiful, engaging, lyrical control of dynamics and timing! Such a pleasure to listen to. 

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    • Michael thank you so much, Michael!

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    • Andrea Buckland Beautiful playing and great work on all these movements, Andrea! It’s such a charming and warm sonata. 

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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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