At first glance, Mozart’s piano music may look simple. Yet for many pianists, the music’s greatest challenge lies in that seeming simplicity. Take a minute to get the scoop!
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Another challenge for the pianist is Mozart’s complete mastery of orchestration. Many of the piano sonatas have a symphonic sweep and soundworld in their opening and closing movements, while the slow movements are soprano arias with dramatic interludes. Such piano writing demands that the pianist harnesses his/her imagination to evoke these instruments and sounds within the scope of two staves and just two hands.
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At the first glance, Mozart’s piano music may look simple. Yet for many pianists, the music’s greatest challenge lies in that seeming simplicity.
As pianist Alfred Brendel says of Mozart, “everything in his music counts”. Mozart reduces music to its most essential and demands from the pianist a certain precision.
When you look at a score, it may contain fewer notes than say Liszt or Ravel, but each and every note has purpose and meaning and must be sounded as such.
In the piano music of Schumann or Liszt, Brahms or Rachmaninoff there are what you might term thickets of notes which give the pianist a little camouflage if you will. But with Mozart there is nowhere to hide.
If you are a fan of Mozart, you can keep coming back to listening to Mozart again and again and always find something new. Brendel again remarks, “Mozart’s piano works should be for the player a receptacle full of latent musical possibilities which often go far beyond the purely pianistic.”