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Mozart: Fantasia K. 397 in D Minor

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart :
Fantasia, K. 397
Fantasia K. 397  in D Minor by Mozart piano sheet music
Key: D Minor Year: -
Level: 6 Period: Classical
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Instructive - all parts (523 kB)
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piano music mp3 recording Fantasia K. 397 - FREE SAMPLE (mp3 file)


From darkness to light

Mozart's D minor Fantasy is an incredibly rewarding piece to play. In terms of technique, it is a work that can be mastered by intermediate or moderately advanced pianists - the improvisational character of the music makes it shift a lot from page to page, but within the different sections, there are many recurring, relatively easy patterns. However, in terms of musical shaping and interpretation, it is a considerable challenge even to the most advanced and experienced musician.

Mozart starts with a quiet, somber introduction to set the key and the mood. Both this introduction and the singing melody that follows belong to Mozart’s darkest moments. The repeated e and the heavy, chromatically descending octaves of measures 20-22 seems to take us to the gloomiest regions of the human soul. There follows a more rhythmic section of nervously palpitating music, before the first melody returns. This time it is interrupted by an extremely fast passage, a dramatic outburst covering the entire range of the keyboard.

The somber character of the music is continued until measure 55, where the mode changes to D major, giving to this piece a surprisingly joyful and relaxed ending. The troubled atmosphere of the first part totally disappears. Perhaps Mozart felt he had to compensate for the extreme darkness of the first part? Or was he able to return to a happier state when having relieved himself of anguish at the keyboard? In either case, perhaps one of the main challenges when performing the Fantasy is to make this complete change of mood convincing.



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Practice & Performance Tips:
Introduction
Think of the first note of this introduction (low D) as a seed that starts to germinate and take shape. It is interesting that Mozart writes the bass line (downbeats) with long notes. This is called “finger pedal” and makes the harmonies ring more without the performer having to use too much pedal.
Practice all the arpeggios by blocking the notes to form chords. Blocking chords will help with memorization and also with shaping. Try to hear the chord progression outlined here and strive to shape this introduction that ends on the dominant chord (an important chord that prepares the listener for the theme).

Adagio
Remember that the term Adagio means “at ease”. Try to feel this section in two (remember that the time signature is 2/2, cut-time).
Mozart loved hearing and writing operas. He was definitely thinking about an aria when he wrote this beautiful melodic line. Give a singing tone to your melody while your left hand holds the bass notes (the composer is using the finger pedal technique again!). Moreover, can you play the double notes in the left hand lightly? The soft touch here will provide just the right... Sign up for a Gold membership to read the practice tips.

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