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Mozart: Sonata K. 545 in C Major

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Sonatas :
Sonata, K. 545
Sonata K. 545  in C Major by Mozart piano sheet music
Key: C Major Year: 1788
Level: 6 Period: Classical
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (653 kB)
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piano music mp3 recording Sonata K. 545 1st mvt - FREE SAMPLE (mp3 file)
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Flawless simplicity for fastidious beginners

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.

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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... Sign up for a Gold membership to read the practice tips.

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