I learned the first part of K.331 "Andante Grazioso", and I was moving to the first variation. However, I am finding very huge difficulties in learning it, especially when I compare it with Moonlight Sonata (first movement).

Why am I finding Beethoven's sonata easier than Mozart's?

I really thought it would be the other way, so is there any technical reason? I am not referring to the expressiveness of the piece, just the technical part.


Why did you think the Mozart should be technically easier than the Beethoven?

The Beethoven has simpler rhythm, slower tempo, and the left hand plays almost nothing.

The Mozart is faster, the way the different rhythms in each hand interlock with each other is more complicated, and the right hand is using a very different finger technique than the simple chord patterns in the Beethoven.

(But be warned, the Mozart doesn't get really difficult till variations 4 and 6...)

  • Well, maybe just heard this and thought it was also technically more difficult. Would you compare Moonlight Sonata’s difficultly with K.331 Theme being “on par”? I’m trying to see if Moonlight is something I can try technically.
    – senseiwa
    Oct 26 '19 at 9:21

Why am I finding Beethoven's sonata easier than Mozart's?

Well, this isn't a very fair statement, given that you're actually referring to just the first movement of a sonata, and one which lays almost all the difficulty in the musical interpretation. If your question is about why it's easier to you from the technical point of view, I don't think you should think that you 'can play a Beethoven sonata while having huge difficulties with a Mozart one'.

  • The OP is indeed referring to the higher technical difficulty of that part of the Mozart sonata, not the expressive difficulty. While you say that almost all of that Mozart sonata movement's difficulty is expressive, please touch more on the technical difficulty it does have.
    – Dekkadeci
    Oct 20 '19 at 7:27
  • 'While you say that almost all of that Mozart sonata movement's difficulty is expressive...'. That's the point: I'm not, I was writing about Beethoven's; hence the lack of point for comparison.
    – 89f3a1c
    Oct 20 '19 at 13:37
  • Darn, I though you were referring to the Mozart sonata movement as the expressively difficult one because both movements in question are first movements. Please be less ambiguous when referring to the sonata movements.
    – Dekkadeci
    Oct 20 '19 at 17:54

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