Grade 7

Martínez - Tempo di minuetto (3rd mvt from Sonata in A)

Marianne von Martínez was a Viennese pianist, singer and composer who had lessons with Haydn when she was a child. Tempo di minuetto is an elaborate minuet designed to show the pianist’s technical skills - command of runs and fast triplets in both hands, delicate ornaments, leaps, and octave passages. As was common in the period the composer leaves no dynamic markings, expecting the performer to supply their own. Octave passages imply a forte dynamic; perhaps piano for the minor key at the start of the second half. Allow the semiquaver scales to sparkle and experiment with a non-legato touch for the triplet quavers.

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Resources & links

  • This piece is available for digital download individually from the ABRSM shop here or in print as part of the Piano Exam Pieces 2023 & 2024 Grade 7 publication here.
  • Click here to view open domain editions for this work.

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