Interpretation – Classical Piano Pieces

Antonio Pompa Baldi

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Let’s take this classical piano course with the famous Antonio Pompa-Baldi and study the famous pieces of Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt etc.

Interpretation – Classical Piano Pieces

Antonio Pompa-Baldi is an Italian-American pianist who won the first price of the 1999 Cleveland International Piano Competition. He is a worldwide well-known and recognized pianist who continues to play as soloist, as a chamber pianist but also as a recitalist. 

In this course, he invites you to discover famous classical pieces and work on the way to interpret them.

 

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The main concepts taught

Flow and Balance

Allegro

Lyrical and Polyphonic Aspect

Horizontal Melody

The program proposed by Antonio Pompa-Baldi

For this course, Antonio Pompa-Baldi will explain you the techniques and interpretations of several famous classical pieces such as the “Funeral March” of piano sonata No.2 by Chopin, “Suite Bergamasque” by Claude Debussy or even “No.21 Op.53 in C major (Waldstein Sonata)” by Ludwig van Beethoven etc.

 

ChapterDetails

“No.21 Op.53 in C major (Waldstein sonata)”

by Ludwig van Beethoven

To start, Antonio tells use about the melody in the different movements and dynamics in the Beethoven piano piece before performing the piece.

Then, he explains how important are injected notes and pedal marking in the performance of the piece.

“Piano Sonata in F major, K. 332”

by Mozart

 

In this 2nd session, Antonio insists on the operatic (lyric) quality of the music. He also deal with the psychological inflection, polyphony, relaxation and tension.

He explains how to find the right flow and the right balance between the hands.

“Ballade No. 2 in B minor”

by Franz Liszt

In this part, you will study the interpretation of a more darker theme with a reference to the tragic myth of Orpheus and Eurydis.

“Suite Bergamasque”

by Claude Debussy

Here, Antonio introduces you a baroque piano piece. You will see how the “tempo rubato” is used.

The 2nd movement of the piece is a menuet giving to it a feeling of dance. You will work on the transitions in order to avoid choppiness.

“Holberg Suite”

by Edvard Grieg

In this piece, Antonio shows you how to play a floating sound instead of a mechanical sound.

“2nd Sonata”

by Sergueï Rachmaninov

You’ll be explained the lyric and polyphonic aspect. Antonio advices to not respect the tempo of the metronome in order to give the right effect, especially at the beginning of of the piece.

Then, you will see the notions of horizontal melody and will play “scherzando” meaning playing with lightness.

“Scherzo No. 1 in B minor” & “Piano Sonata No .2”

by Chopin

Thanks to these two pieces of Mozart you will focus on the notions of “agitato” sections and “transitional” moments. You will find back the “scherzo” way to play piano, but also the “tremolato”.

“Variations on a theme by Rode Op.33”

by Czerny Carl

Finally, in this last piece of Carl, the goal is to practice your finger techniques so that you can play this piece with lightness and speed.

 

ChapterDetails

“No.21 Op.53 in C major (Waldstein sonata)”

by Ludwig van Beethoven

To start, Antonio tells use about the melody in the different movements and dynamics in the Beethoven piano piece before performing the piece.

Then, he explains how important are injected notes and pedal marking in the performance of the piece.

“Piano Sonata in F major, K. 332”

by Mozart

 

In this 2nd session, Antonio insists on the operatic (lyric) quality of the music. He also deal with the psychological inflection, polyphony, relaxation and tension.

He explains how to find the right flow and the right balance between the hands.

“Ballade No. 2 in B minor”

by Franz Liszt

In this part, you will study the interpretation of a more darker theme with a reference to the tragic myth of Orpheus and Eurydis.

“Suite Bergamasque”

by Claude Debussy

Here, Antonio introduces you a baroque piano piece. You will see how the “tempo rubato” is used.

The 2nd movement of the piece is a menuet giving to it a feeling of dance. You will work on the transitions in order to avoid choppiness.

“Holberg Suite”

by Edvard Grieg

In this piece, Antonio shows you how to play a floating sound instead of a mechanical sound.

“2nd Sonata”

by Sergueï Rachmaninov

You’ll be explained the lyric and polyphonic aspect. Antonio advices to not respect the tempo of the metronome in order to give the right effect, especially at the beginning of of the piece.

Then, you will see the notions of horizontal melody and will play “scherzando” meaning playing with lightness.

“Scherzo No. 1 in B minor” & “Piano Sonata No .2”

by Chopin

Thanks to these two pieces of Mozart you will focus on the notions of “agitato” sections and “transitional” moments. You will find back the “scherzo” way to play piano, but also the “tremolato”.

“Variations on a theme by Rode Op.33”

by Czerny Carl

Finally, in this last piece of Carl, the goal is to practice your finger techniques so that you can play this piece with lightness and speed.

 

A word from our teachers

“One of the things that I suggest to my students that they do, is not to push the pedal all the way down. We need to save and preserve the idea behind this pedalling, but we don’t need to push the foot completely down. This still gives us the ability to sustain this bass, not to lose it when we play this. At the same time, because of the depth of the touch of the base note, we should use finger pedal those notes. It means that even without the pedal, it sounds still like increase the effect pedal. ”