Sonata No. 18 in D Major, 1st movement and 2nd movement
Sonata No. 18 in D Major, 1st movement and 2nd movement
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Michel Dalberto and Tingan Kuo explore contrast and color while playing the first movement of Sonata No. 18 in D Major by Mozart.
Produced by the Saline royale Academy in October, 2021 at Arc-et-Senans.
This masterclass begins with a technical focus emphasizing on being closer to the keyboard in order to produce a warmer, deeper, and almost thicker sound. The two discuss the composition’s nick name: “The Hunt” and its significance to the spirit of the piece.
In addition, Dalberto instructs his student to not rush and stay in tempo and reflect on the direction of the piece. He reminds Tingan to not confuse adagio with lento or largo. One must feel the tempo in order ‘to move’ and not remain static. Other aspects that are worked on include adding contrast, depth, and more.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed Piano Sonata No. 18 in 1789. Also known as The Hunt or The Trumpet Sonata, this sonata was one of the six-piece set composed for Princess Frederica Louise of Prussia. Although the composer was commissioned to write a set of simple pieces for the young girl, Sonata No. 18 in D Major is considered to be one of the most difficult sonatas written by Mozart.
The piece has three movements: Allegro, Adagio, and Allegretto and move with fast, slow, and fast pace order. With both hands in unison, the first movement starts with a few trills followed by repetition in the E minor key. The first theme expresses a certain grandness, which is then contrasted by the second theme, characterized by a more graceful quality. The second movement contains many scale passages and counterpoint in the dominant key of A major. The use of suspensions and dissonance are among a few harmonic elements used throughout the sonata.
The middle movement is in the dominant key of A major and includes many scale passages as well as counterpoint. Mozart uses harmonic exploration throughout the sonata, such as suspensions and dissonances. Lastly, the Allegretto is playful and light in quality with a very clear articulation common for this period in classical music. Set in sonata rondo form, this movement consists of many scale passages and a short series of arpeggios.
Always try to find different colors, don't play all the same way.
Aim for excellence! You can improve your skills with expert advice. Download the annotated sheet music of this piano masterclass. Please note that this piece has been annotated in accordance to Michel Dalberto’s feedback and comments.
Born in Paris in 1955 into a family with origins in the Dauphiné and the Italian Piedmont, Michel Dalberto began playing the piano at the age of three. He played in public for the first time at the age of five and a half, and at the early age of thirteen joined Vlado Perlemuter's class at the Paris Conservatoire.
At the age of twenty, he won the 1st Mozart Competition in Salzburg and was unanimously awarded the Clara Haskil Prize. In 1978 he was awarded the 1st Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition. Other accolades include the Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles-Cros, the Prix de l'Académie du Disque Français, the Diapason d’Or, and the Echo Prize in Germany.
He has been invited to play in most of the European musical centers with some of the most prestigious conductors. Since the beginning of his career, Michel Dalberto has been recognized as one of the leading interpreters of Schubert and Mozart. Moreover, he is the only living pianist to have performed and recorded the complete piano works of Schubert. Recent recordings include the complete chamber music of Fauré with Renaud Capuçon and the Quatuor Ebène (winner of the German Echo Prize), the Schubert cycles 'Winter Journey' and 'Swan Song' with baritone Stephan Genz.
Additionally, Michel Dalberto is a celebrated chamber musician who has played with the world’s greatest instrumentalists. Parallel to his career as a musician, Dalberto has conducted orchestras in Asia and in Europe.
He was appointed Professor at the Paris Conservatoire in September 2011 and has a regular relationship with the Tianjin Conservatory. He has previously been invited to give masterclasses at the Accademia Pianistica in Imola, the Hochschule in Hanover, the Royal College in Manchester, and more.
In 1996 the Minister of Culture made him a Chevalier in the National Order of Merit in recognition of his artistic activity.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a great child prodigy of Western music and one of the most important musicians of Classicism. He wrote more than six hundred compositions and single-handedly developed and popularized the piano concerto. He was widely recognized during his lifetime, and is still regarded as the most universal composer in the history of classical music.
Born in 1756 to Anna Maria and Leopold Mozart in Salzburg, Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s musical talents were recognized at an early age. By age four, the young prodigy began playing the harpsichord, and by five-years old he was composing pieces. The Mozart family would make several trips throughout Europe to exhibit the young boy and his sister’s sensational virtuosity with the harpsichord and violin.
In later years, Mozart would enjoy a flourishing career in Vienna. He frequently performed as a pianist and was regarded as the most outstanding keyboard player in the city. In addition to his career as a performer, Mozart established himself as a fine composer. In 1782, he wrote the opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail, which was very successful. Other renowned operas written by the rising composer included Le Nozze de Figaro (1786), Don Giovanni (1787), and Cósi fan Tutte (1790).
The death of his father in 1787 may have marked the decline of Mozart’s career. He composed very few works, suffered many financial problems, and in 1791 during a visit in Prague for the premier of his opera La clemenza di Tito, Mozart became very ill. In his final days, Mozart was preoccupied with completing his final oeuvre : Requiem in D Minor, K. 626. Unfortunately, he was unable to complete this piece (it was later finished by his student Franz Xaver Süssmayr) as he passed away on December 5th, 1791 possibly of rheumatic fever, however the official cause is unknown.
Despite Mozart’s tragic early demise, the brilliant instrumentalist and composer left an unparalleled legacy. He was a gifted composer all around and wrote in every major genre including but not limited to symphonies, operas, solo concertos, sonatas, masses and more. His influence is wide and profound, and his music continues to be recognized and celebrated for its ingenuity.