Friedrich Kuhlau
in C Major, Op. 20 No. 1

Kuhlau's elegant and charming Sonatinas are reminiscent of Mozart and often serve as stepping stones towards more advanced Classical works.

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Op. 20 No. 1

Key: C Major
Year: 1819
Level: 5
Period: Classical
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An introduction to the Classical Style

Friedrich Kuhlau’s Sonatina in C major Op. 20 no. 1 shows many stylistic parallels to Mozart’s sonatas, its opening measure deceptively similar to the opening of the Sonata in C major K. 545. The first movement makes use of dramatic contrasts between major and minor and between lyricism and elegant passagework. The lyrical second movement is short and peaceful, and the final movement is a good-natured rondo, featuring a middle section in minor which provides contrast before the return of the opening material.


The three Sonatinas Op. 20 were published in 1820 and were probably composed for amateur musicians or as teaching aids. They are often studied by intermediate pianists, serving alongside the sonatinas of Clementi’s Op. 36 as a stepping stone towards more advanced works in the Classical style.

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Sonatina in C Major, Op. 20 No. 1 by the composer Friedrich Kuhlau who lived from 1786 to 1832.
The piece was published in 1819 and is included in Kuhlau's Sonatinas.