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Clementi Sonatina's, what am I supposed to be studying? #2857843 06/12/19 02:18 PM
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I am working my way through Clementi Sonatinas and am currently on Op 36 No 2. I have also started on Kuhlau Sonatinas for the upcoming Nordic Recital. In reading about both of these collections I have read that studying them helps the development of a player. My question is what do they mean by studying them? I am systematically working my way through playing them by creating practice strategies and solving problems in sections trying to play them up to speed. I've read about the Sonatina format and have seen what they are talking about in the first movement with the Exposition, Development and Recapitulation but I am not actively dissecting them part by part.

Any thoughts on this?

FYI I am currently not working with a teacher and for a variety of reasons that isn't a possibility for the foreseeable future.


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Re: Clementi Sonatina's, what am I supposed to be studying? [Re: Peddler100] #2857864 06/12/19 03:12 PM
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As with so many Sonatinas of the Classical era among the elements that arise, you should be learning to master (just a few examples that come to mind) :

- a smooth, harmonious Alberti bass in the left hand without "bumps" or notes that stick out
- developing a good finger legato in the Alberti bass and elsewhere
- broken chord accompaniment such as found in the second movement of the first Sonatina, in the third movement of Sonatina No. 4 and the first movement of Sonatina No. 5
- dotted rhythms as in the second movement of Sonatina No. 2
- contrasts between legato and staccato in the melody of the first movement of Sonatina No. 3
- voicing of thirds (melody on top), as in the second movement of Sonatina No. 4
- chordal accompaniment
- in all Sonatinas, considerable scale-like passage work in the right hand and sometimes in the left, and an ability to play these smoothly, cleanly and with very limited use (if any) of the damper pedal.
- appropriate balance between right hand (melody) and left hand (accompaniment).

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Re: Clementi Sonatina's, what am I supposed to be studying? [Re: Peddler100] #2857880 06/12/19 03:58 PM
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Thanks for the info BruceD!


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Re: Clementi Sonatina's, what am I supposed to be studying? [Re: Peddler100] #2857886 06/12/19 04:21 PM
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Just in case it wasn't obvious (it wasn't to me, but sometimes I'm a bit daft) sonatinas offer elements of more difficult sonatas in a more manageable size and difficulty, so they are effectively preparing you for Sonatas. My teacher once told me that in general, Clementi and Czerny are good preparation for Beethoven sonatas, Kuhlau for Mozart. Not a hard and fast rule, but Beethoven was influenced by Clementi, and Czerny trained people to play Beethoven. Kuhlau you can actually literally hear parts of Mozart sonatas in the his sonatinas.


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