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Piano Instruction: Mozart Minuet and Trio in G, K. 1 (Videos)

Composed when Mozart was just 5, this charming Minuet and Trio has a variety of rhythms and melodic shapes which pose a challenge to the player. The singing tone reigns in any rendering, and the shift of mood embedded in echo phrases as well as a transition to a Forte Trio require varying degrees of weight transfer down the arms into supple wrists. A passing minor section can’t go by without making it noticeable to the listener, and then the Minuet’s return at the conclusion must be realized with nobility.

The grouping of notes to create a Mozartean landscape is another challenge. In this particular edition there are specific slurs which seem to reflect the composer’s intent, though perhaps other publications might differ in matters of articulation.

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