"Here it's really basic, intense Brahms. So you don't just play comfortably. Ever. Not one note in the piece." Sharon Kam
Intonation is a topic that covers much of this entire class on the second movement of this
Brahms Sonata, No. 1.
In addition, the master performs a large number of indications to work more clearly and neatly
on the theme (“it's an asymmetrical theme”), the direction (“think about where you going”), the
execution of certain intervals, the importance of the preparation (“The bigger the interval, the
more time you need”, “taking less time than a fifth than a seventh. Brahms does it all the time”),
phrasing (“What is natural? Closer to the singing voice”), and the connection between notes. To
work on these aspects of the piece, the master indicates different exercises (repeating each
interval separately, playing extremely slowly, thinking about the amount of air for each interval,
At times it becomes very specific, so it´s also very challenging, and other times it gets more
general and covers not only this sonata but key issues for the interpretation of chamber music.
- It is important to think about where you going
- This music is romantic.
- The bigger the interval, the more time one needs
- About phrasing: the natural is to get closer to the singing voice.