A Guide to the Trinity College Piano Syllabus
Diabelli - Moderato Cantabile (from Sonatina in F major, Op. 168 No. 1)
The first movement (Moderato) of Diabelli’s appealing Sonatina in F is a model of sonata form in miniature, an ideal way to teach form and structure to the intermediate pianist. The gently expressive first subject with its sighing appoggiaturas gives way to a skittish and playful second subject. In this video I demonstrate the art of finger pedalling in the left hand alberti patterns to create resonance by hand (instead of by foot, which would cloud the texture too much). I also show how to use deconstruction techniques in a tricky left hand passage to improve control and coordination.
Preview (please log-in or subscribe to see full video)
Resources & links
- 11 Sonatinas, Op. 151, 168 by Anton Diabelli is available from Trinity's online shop here.
- Click here to view open domain editions for these works (external link).
The Practising the Piano Online Academy is not a Trinity product and is not endorsed by Trinity.
Sign in or subscribe to read the full article.
Subscribe for full access!
Get full access to this content in addition to our growing library of over 300 articles with a monthly, annual or premium subscription. Click here to find out more about our subscription options or click here to sign-in to view this page if you are already a subscriber.