Key: C Major
Piano score: PS Urtext
Piano score: PS Edition
Piano score: Ruthardt edition
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Although Mozart himself categorized this Sonata as a work "for beginners", it requires at least an intermediate performer, and is even considered worthy of appearences on the professional concert platform, even outside of complete cycles of the Mozart Sonatas. A keen sense of style, as well as good handling of scales, broken chords and double notes is required. Obviously Mozart took care to maintain the highest standards also when writing for students. Evenness of passage work and smoothness of accompanying patterns play a major role in the first movement. This innocently graceful Andante shows a surprising depth of emotion, despite its apparent simplicity. Here the right-hand focus is on cantabile, while the left hand is a veritable Alberti-bass exercise. The final Rondo, with its playful imitating staccato thirds, is the most lively and child-like of the three movements.
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.
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 capable of a mechanical, note-by-note rendition.
The second movement provides an excellent opportunity to practice your Alberti bass patterns. Just make sure that they don't take over; see to it that the right hand dominates without having to use force. In this case, it is advisable to use finger pedal in the left hand – that is, holding on to notes (bass notes in particular) rather than releasing them when the next one is struck.
(Although Mozart listed this work as "for beginners", this is not exactly what you should expect a first year piano student to take on. Not even the slow second movement is particularly easy, unless you have some previous experience of the piano writing of the classical era. A good and clear articulation of scales, broken chords and double notes is needed, as well as good execution of left hand Alberti bass patterns. But don't let this scare you... Sign up for a Gold membership to read the practice tips.
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Video: Mozart K545 1st Movement by pbhattac
My attempt at this beautiful piece. I will start working to improve on it once I get your feedbacks. Thanks. www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e3gD_A...
Mozart Sonata in C by violinist
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Sonata K. 545 in C Major, a composition by the classical composer Wolfgang Amadéus Mozart. The piano score of this piece was first published in 1788 and is part of Sonatas by Mozart.