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Piano Study: Tempo shifts from Childhood to Adulthood

Turning back the clock to my early years as a piano student, I regarded ANDANTE as the slowest tempo marking in the musical universe. So did all my friends who foot dragged their pedal and stumbled through the doldrums of any piece that had the "A" for power down the pace and lower volume while… Continue reading Piano Study: Tempo shifts from Childhood to Adulthood

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Piano Instruction: Second Movement, Mozart Sonata in C Major, K. 545 (Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0i-2t9-4yI In this middle movement of Sonata, K. 545, Mozart emulates the opera with a spun out cantabile (singing tone) melody against a rolling, rippling broken chord bass line.  The tempo, Andante, should not be played too slowly because "Andare" in Italian means to "walk," which suggests a certain internal motion. Slower tempo designations in… Continue reading Piano Instruction: Second Movement, Mozart Sonata in C Major, K. 545 (Video)