ABRSM 2021 & 2022 - Grade 6
This Sonata is from the group of six (K.279 - K.284) written by Mozart during 1774-75, then in his late teens, which he would have performed whilst travelling between and around Salzburg and Munich. The fortepiano was taking the place of the harpsichord as the keyboard instrument of choice and Mozart's autograph score (below) makes use of 'for:' and 'pia:' indications: Mozart was exploring the dynamic variety and expressive qualities of the new instrument.
There are nearly 60 Mazurkas by Chopin, he wrote them throughout his (short) life. This particular one was written just months before he died in 1849 and was published posthumously a few years later.
I refer in the video to a recording by Joanna MacGregor of the complete Chopin Mazurkas. If you use Spotify, here it is.
This still, calm contemporary piece puts accompaniment ideas in the RH, melodic ideas in the LH. The occasional bass notes need a quick-moving hand. Is that a mode of a melodic minor scale at the end?
A lyrical piece published in both Cool Beans! Vol. 1. and Songs from Rainbow Hill.