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Offline duckmalone

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Moonlight sonata 2mvt difficulty
« on: August 26, 2015, 04:37:44 AM »
I was wondering what is the difficulty of the moonlight sonata 2mvt. I really want to play this one but I have no idea how hard it is or how to approach it.

Offline kevonthegreatpianist

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Re: Moonlight sonata 2mvt difficulty
«Reply #1 on: August 26, 2015, 09:13:25 PM »
The second movement is pretty easy, at least easier than the other movements. Just play it slow at first and slowly speed it up and you're set for the piece. Even the third movement isn't too difficult; it's like 3/4 Alberti Bass, a very easy sixteenth-note concept to master.
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Re: Moonlight sonata 2mvt difficulty
«Reply #2 on: August 26, 2015, 09:58:00 PM »
It's not that hard. It's not as hard or popular as either of the other movements. What makes you want to play it? Do you just like it? (not that that's a bad reason)
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Offline duckmalone

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Re: Moonlight sonata 2mvt difficulty
«Reply #3 on: August 27, 2015, 03:11:24 AM »
I actually do like it better than the other two mvts because it is so much happier. How do you think it compares to beethovens op 49 sonatas?

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Re: Moonlight sonata 2mvt difficulty
«Reply #4 on: August 27, 2015, 04:45:32 AM »
I love this mov't. for its delicacy and boldness - and how Beethoven plays these contrasting qualities off of each other.
 It is not so easy.. The fingering must allow for legato movement as the phrases dictate- without pedal.. The articulation of the phrases and the staccatos must be clearly defined - for each hand.   Also one must give the ties their full value - practicing with a very steady beat.. The firm beat is also important with regard to the syncopation… Also notice the accents in the trio section, where the syncopation is made most obvious.  
Then after all this is comfortable- there are the dynamics - which is mostly Quiet except  for a few big swells in the first section,which then return Very quickly back to quiet.  And the dramatic contrast to that in the 'Trio' - where there are separate 'volumes' indicated for each hand in certain places…
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Offline kevonthegreatpianist

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Re: Moonlight sonata 2mvt difficulty
«Reply #5 on: August 27, 2015, 09:25:00 PM »
I actually do like it better than the other two mvts because it is so much happier. How do you think it compares to beethovens op 49 sonatas?
This movement is about the same level of Op.49 No.1, but is a bit easier than Op.49 No.2.
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