First Movement Sonatina in G No.1 Opus 20 (Edited)


The music editor suggests that this is a great movement to clarify where someone is with their #piano playing. Dussek a Czech composer contributed much fine music to both the piano and harp repertoire. The movement needs to be played with a lightness in the hands and fingers. It is a good test of evaluating both technique and musical understanding/comprehension not that one always wants to do this by a formal examination. The musical ideas do need to be articulated with clarity and some notes are shorter than others and some phrases need to be emphasised more than others. Some use of the sustaining pedal is suggested although pedal markings are not indicated in the sheet music score. This is music from a time when musical ideas need to be articulated without necessarily being exaggerated which is an element often suggested in edited copies of the score. Many of the early published scores of this movement have score detail that possibly is more appropriate for the dry acoustic of an earlier wooden framed pianos. Pianists may wish to add their own score detail particularly in respect to the articulation of notes but the music editors view is that is best to be minimalist. Some notes may require a staccato, an accent, a tenuto marking or possibly phrase markings but the first focus needs to be establishing secure fingering to enable the development of a fine legato when playing the piano. Music editing is very much a continuing process. Keyboard players should continually review their performances reviewing the score detail whether it be the choice of fingering, phrase markings or note articulations. Dussek was a Czech composer and like Beethoven a transition figure linking the classical period to the romantic in a music history context. Dussek himself was a widely travelled piano virtuoso and was the first pianist to sit with his profile to the audience as is modern practice. The chromaticism in this movement does suggest a more romantic context than a classical one. Dussek is important too for encouraging the extension of the range of the piano to the 6-octave range and introducing pedal markings in the writing of piano music. He also composed music for the harp. The plain score is available as a free score whilst an edited music score is available from PlentyMusic for one credit.





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