“No.21 Op.53 in C major (Waldstein sonata)”
by Ludwig van Beethoven
To begin with, Antonio introduces the Waldstein sonata. He tells us about the melody variations in the different movements as well as the dynamics. Then, he performs the piece.
After that, he explains how important are injected notes and pedal marking in the performance of this piece.
“Piano Sonata in F major, K. 332”
In this 2nd session, Antonio insists on the operatic (lyric) quality of the music. He also deals 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.
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.
by Edvard Grieg
In this piece, Antonio shows you how to play a floating sound instead of a mechanical sound.
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”
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.