Mozart. Fantasia in C minor
Opening: You used three impulses to start. I recommend:
meas. 6 Alberti section: Excellent
meas. 10 1 pedal per 8th note
Attention: Your "f" is too loud for Mozart's style. Think heavy rather than loud. Bring a slower attack with more mass and inertia
m-16 Staccato needs to be gentle rather than short and dry
m-22 the "f" feels too much about loudness rather than texture
m-25+26 F# needs direction and crescendo to lead into the next section
m-26 to 29 I would suggest to repeat this section, or for a jury, skip both repeats.
m-32 LH too loud, especially the C#
m-35 "pp" almost as if it is gone
m-36 to 38 and 38 on, the counting doesn't match
m-70 groups of two 8th notes need to be played supporting the first one and releasing the second one.
Using a light, discrete pedal:
Repeated F# notes right before the "aria" theme in D Major: feel the preparation of the new theme, a bit crescendo will increase the anticipation.
Every time you have chords/octaves, etc. played "forte", remember to voice them, don't just play them giving "all out". Sound needs to be controlled and purposeful.
Staccato: gentle, think orchestra sound, think string pizzicato with resonance, not dry.
Close phrases elegantly
Touch not too articulated. More legato, finger legato wherever you can, supported by a light pedal.
LH alberti bass much lighter and discrete to let the RH sing without having to force the sound.
All about the touch.
Think as if the keyboard had two levels: A lower level for more grounded sound, lower wrist and fingers digging the keys.
A higher level in which the wrist hangs floating, and the fingers touch the keys with very little weight.
Melodies are played with the lower position, LH arpeggios, and ornamental, musical accessories are played with the higher position.
Find the way to play everything using the least effort, using the least amount of tension, especially on the passing of the thumb (arpeggios). When practicing LH alone and slow, practice also with pedal, so you can predict how the hand will move when played at speed.
Attached is an image of the notes I took while you were playing. Some include the following:
INTRO: Feel the count in your mind, The timing is not really "still", but moving through.
A-flat bass is still "piano", the "forte" starts with the chord on the downbeat.
Orchestrate the theme (violins, brass).
Measure 5 bring the inner notes of the chords. the top has a repeating "F", not as interesting.
m7-8 Watch out that your LH chords don't become too percussive
m9 I would not use pedal at the end of the measure
m10 if you start the scale on finger 3 rather than 4, you may run it more comfortably.
Match the tempo, too slow will feel like you are technically overpowered by the piece.
Emphasize the syncopated half-notes
m1 and beyond: LH emphasize the downbeat, relax and play lightly the rest of the octaves. The effect will be as good, yet not as tense.
m32 too blurry. more clarity
m35 LH needs light touch, flutter motion and only emphasize the first note of every measure
m51 LH melody needs more singing quality. Often played by other pianists as if they don't care about it.
m89 top melody gets the hand support. Inner notes are played suspended in the air
m93 I would play this without pedal, emphasizing note 1 and 5 of every measure
Bach. Fugue from B minor Prelude and fugue, book 2
Schubert. Impromptu 899-90 Nr-1
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