• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Study three of Mozart's well known minuets.

Extracts from this document...


I have chosen to study three of Mozart's well known minuets. These are a selection from his divertimento suites 2 and 3. (Divertimento no.2 minuet no. and Divertimento no.3 minuets 2 and 3.) These pieces are typical of Mozart's style, all three minuets all have similarities in the way that they are all based on scales, have incorporated scale runs, peaks and troughs and also have triplets. I have chosen to perform Minuet in trio 2 f4rom divertimento number 3. The piece has a middle easy range for clarinet during the minuet but tends to reach higher notes in the trio which include fork fingerings which are easy to get wrong and extremely easy to squeak. The minuet is mainly disjunct but the trio is conjunct as it is basically composed of scale runs. The whole of the piece is controlled by dynamics. Without the dynamics the piece does not flow and wouldn't have the characteristics of a Mozart piece. ...read more.


This piece is made difficult by the fingerings and general ornamentation. The abnormal crossed fingerings that some players may use (including me) prove difficult to use so alternative fingerings should be used. There are many dynamic changes which are mostly through crescendos but there are occasional sudden dynamic changes such as in bars 12, 13,32,33,35 and 36. These are followed by a breath and two crochets making it easy to play. Due to the design of the clarinet there is a a void which is referred to as the break where the notes change from the top of the clarinet to the bottom this can prove difficult for younger or less experienced to play, the octave that the notes are in pose no problem then because they are basically all; over the break. The tonguing in this piece is fairly straight forward but after playing a long legato phrase it is easy to forget to tongue. ...read more.


I think I performed this piece to the best of my ability and used the music as an accurate guide as to what to do. I felt that by filling the sound and used the clarinet to its best potential. I found some parts of the piece difficult as there are some awkward notes due to crossed fingerings . I think I emphasised all the dynamics but could have made more of an emphasis on crescendos and diminuendos. The clarinet part weaves in with the piano part which makes it extremely easy to come in, in the wrong place. I think that I have performed this piece to the best of my ability and created a good performance. I only squeaked once but managed to maintain composure and continue the piece. I was worried that I would play a scale run to fast which would throw me totally of course and I would have made critical errors. Overall I think I have created a good performance for a beautiful piece. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Music section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Music essays

  1. Performance Investigation: Bolling Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio: Baroque and Blue

    http://www.claude-bolling.com - Discography, and information behind composition and recordings. Appendix 1: Background to Suite and Recordings Bolling's recording is largely thought of as being the definitive version and was extremely successful especially in the USA, remaining at the top of the US Hit Parade Jazz Album for two years and

  2. An investigation into the Mozart Effect.

    It will show how the encoding specificity principle relates to music being present during studying. The experiment is neither damaging nor demoralizing to the participants; therefore it is sound on ethical and humanitarian grounds. If the experiment does show music to have a beneficial effect on learning, it would be

  1. Learning to play the Dhol - Diary/Write Up

    Each side of the Dhol has Goat Skins covering the open ends, one for the bass and one for the treble. The skins are laced together with one piece of cotton rope threaded through the edges of both skins. This is the more authentic way.

  2. 'Danzon for Piano trio' by Paquito D'Rivera.

    * This traditionally Cuban rhythmic dance motif can be found in a variety of Cuban music. A prime example being the song Campina by the Cuban group Afro-Cuban Jazz project on their Album Putumayo Presents: Cuba. Throughout this song, the piano repeats a motif almost rhythmically and harmonically identical to the one at the beginning of section B.

  1. An account of the life and works of W.A. Mozart

    Not long after this, in March, he was summoned by his employer to Vienna. Here, Mozart fell out with the aristocracy, who did not care for his style, and most probably his character too; after all, Mozart was a man full of swagger and was not timid when it came to showing off his talents.

  2. My three part coursework involving a performance of three selected songs, writing about the ...

    Each bar has 4 crochet beats in it. On every first beat of a bar the pulse is strong then the other 3 are weak. It has a moderately quick and steady pulse but there are leaps in certain parts.

  1. Performance 1 - I have chosen to study Evanescence - Hello, All About Eve ...

    The melody is powerful and well delivered through the, occasionally gritty, vocals of Julianne Regan. The guitar riff in Scarlet is shaped around the chords and can be put across successfully on an acoustic guitar. The chords used are mostly in standard shape with very few power chords.

  2. In the Performance Studies course we have been learning about the processes of improvising ...

    Through the use of dynamics we added meaning to our movements. We looked at the speed with which a movement takes place as already discussed. Also taken into account was the importance of using movement in a different way. This consisted of free flowing movement in jumps (comparable to free-flowing melodies)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work