An Early Edition of Piano Sonata
Observe the markings of measure 194: p and f are marked
on every sixteenth note and the second and fourth sixteenths receive the
accent. These markings seem peculiar only if one is unaware of the passage
in Türk’s tutor about implied vs. notated dynamics. This style
of accentuation is difficult or impossible on a modern instrument, where
the tone does not fade away rapidly enough to allow incisive accents followed
by immediate returns to piano. A clavichord or fortepiano, on
the other hand, is perfectly suited to such effects.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, VII Sonates pour le pianoforte
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