Mozart and the Keyboard Culture of His Time


An Early Edition of Piano Sonata K 284
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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.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, VII Sonates pour le pianoforte [1798].
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