Piano Lesson: W.A. Mozart Rondo Alla Turca: Allegretto from Sonata, K.331 (Videos)

In my instructional video, I discuss how Mozart’s light-hearted Rondo is formed and ways to practice it. (The Rondo has a redundant “A” section, interspersed with contrasting B, C, D, etc. musical material)

There’s a dualism of “A” minor/”A” Major in this concluding movement, not to mention a very moving “D” section interlude in F# minor (which is the relative minor of “A” Major)

From measure 89 to the end of the piece, however, the composer resoundingly affirms “A” Major.

I find the whole movement to be innovative in this tonal dimension where the composer saturates the listener with the recurring “A” Minor Rondo (A) section, then teases with the parallel “A” Major interludes and other tonal escapades before he finally settles into “A” MAJOR. Although the opening KEY signature is A Minor, the movement transforms to “A” Major and stays there for more than a page. And if you count in the Coda, “A” Major endures for greater than two full pages leading to the final cadence.

In teaching this first section, I emphasize the shape and contour of the opening phrase, it’s motive, or capsulized musical idea, (having an upbeat configuration) and the need for a rolling motion.

Separate hand practice behind tempo is always recommended as I demonstrate in the instruction following my play through:

Play through:

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LINK

Mozart Rondo Allegretto, K.545

About arioso7: Shirley Kirsten

International piano teacher by Skype, recording artist, composer, piano finder, freelance writer, film maker, story teller: Grad of the NYC HS of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, NYU (Master of Arts) Studies with Lillian Freundlich and Ena Bronstein; Master classes with Murray Perahia and Oxana Yablonskaya. Studios in BERKELEY and EL CERRITO, California; Member, Music Teachers Assoc. of California, MTAC; Distance learning and Skyped instruction with supplementary videos: SKYPE ID, shirleypiano1 Contact me at: shirley_kirsten@yahoo.com OR http://www.youtube.com/arioso7 or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, http://facebook.com /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: http://twitter.com/arioso7 Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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2 Responses to Piano Lesson: W.A. Mozart Rondo Alla Turca: Allegretto from Sonata, K.331 (Videos)

  1. Euan says:

    Thank you for this tutorial. I am a late returner to the piano. I might have bitten off more than I can chew with this one! I’ll give it a try though. Thank you for the guidance. I was REALLY impressed with your play through by the way!

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