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How to play this trill in Mozart's Piano Sonata 14 (K457)

Yes, you'll want to play E♭–F–E♭ before the final two sixteenth notes. My personal suggestion is more along the lines of: But some purists will insist on the rhythm of the D–E♭ being precisely as ...
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How to play this trill in Mozart's Piano Sonata 14 (K457)

Both other answers overlook a crucial point. In Mozart (and contemporaries and earlier composers) trills should generally start on the upper note, which is the case here. However, many professional ...
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Did Beethoven really usher in the Romantic Period?

Of course he didn't, and good on you for spotting such an oversimplification. The simple fact is that it's almost never fully correct to say that one individual ushered in a new historical era. The ...
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Meaning of KV 311 in 'Sonata No. 8 D major, KV 311'

KV is an abbreviation for Köchel-Verzeichnis, which translates to "Köchel catalogue." It is the commonly accepted listing of Mozart's works, originally developed by Ludwig von Köchel in 1862....
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Examples of jokes by Mozart

Ein musikalischer Spaß, K.522 is the most obvious one. It could well fit into all your categories, but most certainly the 1st. It is full of parody, banality, unmusicality, even bordering on ...
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Understanding note stems as written in Mozart's K.331 Andante Grazioso

In the first case, because the D has its head so close to the E, it needs to be printed as it is. Otherwise it would be a big blob. Also, it belongs to the lower part of the tune, so its stem is ...
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How to make the dominant preparation less boring?

So you are talking about the dominant preparation after the development section just before the recapitulation. OK. Here are different ideas: 1) If the dominant preparation is boring because it is ...
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Mozart K.494: How do you play this (turn inside a tie)?

Playing the turn Your instinct is correct. The turn would be played C-D-C-B-C (B natural) as a triplet with the final left-hand eighth note, ending on the tied C in the following measure. This is ...
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How would Mozart have learned orchestration?

As stated before, his father was a fine composer himself, especially a fine writer of orchestral serenades which were popular in Salzburg; some of Wolfgang’s early pieces were serenades and cassations,...
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Orchestration question: Should I change which woodwinds get which lines?

Here's an idea which you might consider, which none of your examples show: use the oboes, but don't give the first oboe the top line. Here is an extract (b.36-39) of the first movement of Mozart's ...
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Does Mozart use music theory, and if so, what type of music theory?

Mozart has been musically educated by his father Leopold and was influenced by Johann Christian Bach and Joseph Haydn. He was trained in studying counterpoint, harmony, chord theory. It is likely that ...
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Why did Mozart only write two symphonies in a minor key?

It wasn't just Mozart. It was the musical era. Classical style involved, among other things, more works composed in major, rather than minor, keys. I think part of the reason is the evolution of ...
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Orchestration question: Should I change which woodwinds get which lines?

The problem seems to be of your own making, since you decided to move the top lines of Mozart's version up an octave. In your first version, you then have the oboes screaming away on their top notes (...
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Does Sforzando really mean a stronger accent?

For Mozart and Beethoven, the only general meaning one can give to sforzando and accent (and fp forte then subito piano) is that they mean "play this louder than what came before and what comes after."...
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First Movement of Mozart's Horn Concerto no. 2, is it Sonata Form or Rondo Form?

I would say this is a relatively standard sonata–concerto form. You're correct that Mozart normally repeats his expositions (and the developments/recapitulations) in sonata forms, but that's pretty ...
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Mozart K.494: How do you play this (turn inside a tie)?

A tie simply means that multiple notes are combined into a single note. A turn on the other hand is an ornament, and thus something like a way to play a single note. If the note is longer the turn can ...
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Differences in two Mozart Credo mass editions?

Bärenreiter is a publishing house, so we should note that we're making generalizations about an entire company that publishes many different kinds of things. They're also a century old this year, so ...
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Mozart K331 Rondo Alla Turca m.55 discrepancy (Urtext vs Urtext?)

The below comes from the Henle commentary on their 2021 edition. 55 u: In F1 4th note indistinct, rather b2 than a2; F4 has b2; C, CPR have a2, rendered thus in our edition, cf. also M 39. Many later ...
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Did Beethoven ever meet Mozart?

It's possible they met, but there's no proof. Beethoven spent a few weeks in Vienna in early 1787 (sources disagree as to exactly when and for how long). Mozart was in Vienna for at least part of ...
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How to play this trill in Mozart's Piano Sonata 14 (K457)

Well, if you can fit two trills there, it's certainly better. At least it's what some performers do, despite the fast tempo. In that case, you certainly do not care about the timing inside the beat ...
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How to play this trill in Mozart's Piano Sonata 14 (K457)

The ABRSM edition (pub 1982) - an Urtext edition, as much as is possible with Mozart - has these notes, from Stanley Sadie: Editorial realizations of ornaments are shown in small notes above the ...
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Understanding note stems as written in Mozart's K.331 Andante Grazioso

This 3 part setting becomes devided in 4 parts in the last bar where as the down stemmed notes in the upper stave are the continuation of the tenor voice. The chord with the D you’re asking is ...
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How to write down this cadenza in Musescore?

Here's how I created this bar: Enter the standard notes: Select the last three treble clef notes, and press ctrl + shift + down (arrow) to move them to the bar below. With the G selected, add 15 ...
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Moonlight Sonata vs K.331 Andante Grazioso

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 ...
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Why Sonata No. 16 K. 545 by Mozart is told to be done in C Major

The sonata is said to be in C major because it is indeed in C major. But music usually modulates to other keys, then later on returns to the "home key". The first 8 bars of this sonata only ...
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Need help with opening passage of the 4th mvt of Mozart Symphony No. 39, 1st violin part

This is a standard "excerpt" used in orchestral auditions. William Preucil has an album with him talking through his advice about various excerpts and demonstrating them. I highly recommend ...
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