The Sonata in C major K 545 is sometimes referred to as "Sonata facile" or "Sonata semplice" – which both mean the Easy Sonata. Indeed, Mozart referred to it in his work catalogue (June 26, 1788) "as a little Piano Sonata for beginners". The manuscript of this charming and delicate work is sadly lost, and it was not published during the composer's lifetime; the first edition appeared in 1805. Supposedly, Mozart intended the piece to be used for teaching, but we don't know anything else about the circumstances of its composition. The three movements are all very short, but despite its modest scale and the fact that it wasn't made public during Mozart's life, this is nevertheless a flawless and remarkable work of a mature master, who in the same summer wrote his last three symphonies.
Practice & Performance Tips:
A very important element of the first movement are the scales and broken chords, moving constantly up and down the keyboard. Strive to shape these "wave patterns" musically. The suble shading of dynamics and timing that is needed to phrase this kind of music beautifully needs a loose and flexible wrist and arm. Unless this is achieved, the fingers will only be... Sign up for a Gold membership to read the practice tips.
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I haven't played any Mozart, and I'm looking for a piece to start with. After reading around the forum, I got the impression that Mozart's sonata in C major, K545, is considered an "easy" piece. (grade 5, or whatever)
Judging from the score and a recording (Gould's), this doesn't look or sound easy at all! The tempo of the first movement has to be around 120 bpm, with nonstop 16th-notes and long trills. And everything has to be super-even. In fact, to me this looks harder than Beethoven's op2.1. Is it just my technique that is weird, or am I missing something else? Exactly what is making this sonata easy?
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