ANTON DIABELLI SONATINA IN G MAJOR OP.168 NO.2 PDF
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The tempo might, on the other hand, be quick but rhythmic control might be lacking.
Diabelli : Sonatina Op. , No. 2 (I) –
It is important to balance the textures so that the LH part remains subtle and the RH melody can sing out. If the student is to learn the outer sections first then each phrase may be secured in the first section before comparison with the corresponding phrase in the final section. Students need to have performing opportunities before the big occasion since the problem can be that students have been playing with dynamic contrast in lessons but under the challenge of an audience, concentrate only on getting the notes right and forget the expressiveness.
The ornaments are turns, as shown below the first page of the piece. Using a rotary action a rocking movement of the hand as the sonatinz rotates will help to achieve even control.
Practice Tips Practice should be undertaken in sections, in accordance with what has been taught in the lesson.
Older students may wish to use some subtle pedal on the first beat of each bar. Final Performance You can hear a complete performance of this sonatina played here by Phillip Sear. If you agree with the LH playing Fingers 4 – 1 – 2 – 1 for the first bar, do insist on a healthy hand position where a straight line is kept down the Finger 5 side of the wrist, rather than bending the hand to the side. Diabelli – Sonatina in G Op No 2.
Using some majro motion in the LH will help to achieve even control.
Diabelli – Sonatina in G Op 168 No 2
The opportunity to play a short piece with Alberti bass and few technical demands can enable the student to enjoy this kind of music in preparation for the sonatinas of Mozart and later for playing lengthier sonatas. In many respects this performance is good, being confident in fluency with a sense of character, so it is a pity that the LH needs to be quieter in relation to the RH.
Some students will question the RH initial fingering which suggests changing from 2 to 3, then using thumb-under on the last quaver of Bar 1. It is so lovingly played with such a genuine feel for the beauty of the melodic lines, with phrasing tenderly shaped, that the fact that is is not even moderately allegro can begin to seem unimportant! Curious students could try various fingering combinations to find out that keeping Finger 2 gives an awkward thumb on the F sharp.
Practice should be undertaken in sections, in accordance with what has been taught in the lesson. The fingering given within the Harris publication is well considered. Accuracy will be reliable overall and there will be quick recovery from any slips. You can hear a complete performance of this sonatina played here by Phillip Sear.
The performer comments that she is working on increasing the tempo, so the end result will probably be excellent! Diabelli’s sonatinas are ideal material for children – very approachable technically, without wide stretches and featuring attractive melodies.
However keeping the fingers on the keys and pushing with each finger will create excess tension and give rhythmic unevenness. Teaching Strategies If this piece is to be played from memory the teacher will need to give clear guidance about understanding the structure of the music.
Pedalling Small children playing this sonatina need not use any pedal at all. Small children playing this sonatina need not use any pedal at all. The main technical issue here is that of balancing the hands sensitively whilst maintaining a controlled, even LH part. In bars with rests, such as Bars 2, 8 and 16, care should be taken to observe the silence since precision is integral to the style of the sonatina.
Troubleshooting This is not a piece that will present many difficulties but those that do arise will probably be related to interpretation – giving a clear sense of the elegant character, with well shaped phrasing and dynamic variety.
It also helps the student to appreciate and remember the chord progressions. This helps enormously with memorisation, since all four notes must be read more or less simultaneously for sonaina fluency.
Notice the well shaped phrasing and detail in dynamics and articulation. The sonatina’s essential charm lies in its simplicity of melodic line and this must not be blurred by inept pedalling, particularly if the child is not yet tall enough to reach the pedal comfortably.
The turn in Bar 43 must be played in exactly the same way: There may be some expressive detail, which may be over-enthusiastic with tone control issues, or maybe not sufficiently convincing.
You could teach the outer sections first, then diwbelli the middle section. An appropriate pace with carefully detailed articulation will give a sense of character. Students who are comfortable with pedalling might pedal the first and second of crotchets separately but it is easier to simply pedal the first crotchet of each bar unless the note is a minim in which case the pedal might extend for the whole two beats.
A sound performance will show continuity at, perhaps, quite a cautious pace. Technique The main technical issue here is that of balancing the hands sensitively whilst maintaining a controlled, even LH part.
Discourage young students from extremes of dynamics in this piece, but encourage a pleasing tone. The hands are nicely balanced and the tone is np.2 forced in forte, which is important for the young pianist’s technical and musical development.
Diabelli – Sonatina in G Op No 2
Separate hands work of each two-bar phrase before trying very slowly, hands together should yield good results. This is not a piece that will present many difficulties but those that do arise will probably be related to interpretation – giving a clear sense of the elegant character, with well shaped phrasing and dynamic variety. This gives a series of musical antoj so that the performer need not feel lost if there are any small slips.
Ornamentation The ornaments are turns, as shown below the nl.2 page of the piece. Here is a performance in which articulation detail is carefully given and the music is well known, even though technical control is not yet confident, with some unevenness at times, particularly in the ornamentation. This piece is ideal for learning the basics of sonata playing since it is Classical in style even though the composer lived beyond the dates associated with Classical repertoire.
An excellent performance will be confident in fluency with poised tone control.
7 Piano Sonatinas, Op.168 (Diabelli, Anton)
Notice the way in which the performer both contrasts and grades the dynamics to give musical interest. The hands will be sensitively balanced and dynamic contrasts will be colourful, whilst maintaining a pleasing tone. This is a side to side, rocking motion created by rotating the forearm. The performance marking is Allegro moderato so the tempo needs to reflect a moderately lively character.
This fingering does work well and you can explain it in terms of giving neat control of the first two notes followed by a strong finger for the important B that begins Bar 2.
Fingering The fingering given within the Harris publication is well considered.
If this piece is to be played from memory the teacher will need to give clear guidance about understanding the structure of the music.