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Clementi: Sonatina Op. 36 No. 1 in C Major

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Muzio Clementi - Sonatinas :
Sonatina, Op. 36 No. 1
Sonatina Op. 36 No. 1  in C Major by Clementi piano sheet music
Key: C Major Year: -
Level: 3 Period: Classical
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This sonatina by Clementi is an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with classical sonata form. The Op. 36 sonatinas are numbered in order of increasing difficulty, which means that this one has the most basic “lessons” on classical piano technique. The pianist gets a chance to practice the chords and scales of c major in an easy format, but in a real context of musical artistry. The first movement can be described according to classical sonata form, and has a first theme based on the C major triad plus a descending C major scale, and a second theme in the dominant G major, with more scales and passage work for the right hand. The second part develops the the theme in the minor mode. Finally, the themes are both recapitulated in C major with some interesting variations.

The second movement has a beautiful cantabile melody in F major, with elements of double note playing, and with a broken chord accompaniment. The transition into the final movement is almost seemless but still very contrasting - the broken chords of the left hand continue at more or less the same tempo, but the time signature changes from 3/4 Andante to 3/8 Vivace, and the new material in the right hand is very rhythmical and playful. This movement also has some brilliant, swirling passagework requiring strong, agile fingers, and a loud Coda.

Practice & Performance Tips:
I. Allegro
This movement has three sections: an exposition, a development and a recapitulation. It is very important to know where these sections start and end, before you start practicing them.

The exposition starts in measure 1 and ends in measure 15. Write the word "EXPOSITION" on the top of m. 1. This exposition, as in many sonatas, has two themes.

The first theme is in the tonic. If you group the notes together in the first measure, they form a C-Major chord. Notice that the notes in this first theme form descending lines.
Circle all the C-Major arpeggios then play them as a chord (blocked) using the correct fingering. Notice that the notes in m. 6 form a C-Major chord but it is inverted!

Circle the rests marked on the bass clef. They are as important as the notes in between them and help one give more rhythmic vitality to their playing. Play the left hand lightly. This bass line should support the melody without overshadowing it.

The second theme is in the dominant (G Major). Make sure that you play the G Major scale in m. 8 and m. 10 with the correct fingering. Notice that the notes in this second theme form ascending lines. When playing these lines, be... Sign up for a Gold membership to read the practice tips.

Downloadable piano sheet music from Sonatinas by Muzio Clementi to print: Sonatina Op. 36 No. 1 in C Major

Sonatina Op. 36 No. 1 in C Major, a composition by the classical composer Muzio Clementi. It was composed during the Classical period and is part of Sonatinas by Clementi.
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