When two hands play a 4-hand Mozart Sonata

Last night, I challenged myself to have a double duo identity. I separately recorded the bass and treble parts of Mozart’s Sonata No. 1, K. 318, scored for 4-hands at one piano.

Mozart 4-hands

Logistics-wise, I had to decide which part to render first as the playback for the other’s insertion. But that wasn’t fair to either pair of hands, since they sometimes interacted on equal footing??? or doubled their voices.

Quickly, it became clear that Primo had more of a solo role and needed a firm underpinning in Secondo to breathe phrases through harmonic shifts.

So once a decision was made, Camcorder captured Secondo on playback while Primo listened attentively and spun a beautiful melody above it.

A back room snatch of the Secondo..

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 When two hands play a 4-hand Mozart Sonata

  1. Jan Karman says:

    Hi Kirsten,
    Interesting! I used to do those things with Bach’s organ pieces. I learned that you can develop a special technic by switching left & right, with special fingering and combining with pedal. Further my hands reach easily an octave+2, which is of great help.


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