Recorded on 10/21/1988, uploaded on 03/21/2011
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Though it begins with one of the best-known melodies to flow
from Mozart's pen, the Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major was not published until
1805, fourteen years after the composer's death. Mozart entered the sonata,
along with the Symphony No. 39, into his own thematic catalogue on June 26,
1788 with the description "for beginners." It has since come to have the
nickname "Sonata facile" or "Sonata semplice."
Written in a concise sonata form, the first movement opens
unannounced with the first theme. The second theme, a snippet of a melodic idea
in G major, follows a mere twelve measures later. When the two themes are heard
again in the recapitulation, quite exceptionally, the first theme makes its appearance
in F major, the subdominant key. Though the commencement of the recapitulation
in a key other than the tonic would become a somewhat common practice of 19th
century, it was quite foreign from the sonata tradition of Mozart's time.
The second movement, an Andante in G major, begins
with a long arching melody that itself nearly takes up half the movement. The
middle portion, a sort of development on the theme, passes through the keys of
G minor and B-flat major. Finally, the movement concludes with an abridged
restatement of the opening melody. The principal melody of the rondo Finale
features a call-and-response between the right and left hands. For the most
part laidback and easy-going, the final measures of the last movement awaken in
a flourish of sixteenth notes that end the sonata on an exciting note. Joseph DuBose
Is it just me or is this recording really bad? The rythm is not respected, and I'm pretty sure it should be trills instead of some chords. Oh and don't even get me started on the nuances...I don't know who is playing this, but it kinda sounds like a teenager sharing a little too much. Isn't there possible to have a better interpretation of this otherwise lovely piece?
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