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It also helps the student to appreciate and remember the chord progressions. The LH maajor could be learned by playing each set of four quavers as a chord. This piece is Classical in style, based on easily understood chord progressions.

In particular draw attention to the changes in the outer sections that depend on the key change to the dominant in the first section, with mahor introduction of the C sharp, as compared with the final iin that remains in the key of G major. The important consideration is that the harmonies are clearly defined and should remain clear, with the pedal used only to enhance the tone rather than to sustain the notes.

Diabelli – Sonatina in G Op No 2

The opportunity to play a short piece with Alberti bass and few technical demands can enable the student to enjoy this kind of music in preparation for the sonatinas of Mozart and later for playing lengthier v. You could teach the outer sections first, then teach the middle section. Using some rotary motion in the LH will help to achieve even control.

Students who are comfortable with pedalling might pedal the first and second of crotchets separately but it is easier to simply pedal the first crotchet of each bar unless the note is daibelli minim in which case the pedal might extend for the whole two beats.

Since Diabelli was a teacher, it is highly likely that Op was written for use as a teaching piece. Notice the way in which the performer both contrasts and grades the dynamics to give sonatinz interest.


This gives a series of musical ‘signposts’ so that the performer need not feel lost if there are any small slips. However keeping the fingers on the keys and pushing with each finger will create excess tension and give rhythmic unevenness. Accuracy will be reliable overall and there will be quick recovery from any slips.

Diaabelli hands work of each two-bar phrase before trying very slowly, hands together should yield good results.

Pedalling Small children playing this sonatina need not use any pedal at all. It is important to balance the textures so that the LH part remains subtle and the RH melody can sing out. Fingering The fingering given within the Harris publication is well considered. Using no.22 rotary action a rocking movement of the hand as the forearm rotates will help to achieve even control.

This piece is ideal for learning the basics of sonata playing since it is Classical in style even though the composer lived beyond the dates associated with Classical repertoire.

The sonatina’s essential charm lies in its simplicity of melodic line and this must not be blurred by inept pedalling, particularly if the child is not yet tall enough to reach the pedal comfortably. The hands will be sensitively balanced and dynamic contrasts will be colourful, whilst maintaining a pleasing tone.

The piece has no wide stretches and is easily manageable by small hands. This fingering does work well and you can explain it in terms of giving neat control of the first two notes followed by a strong finger for the important B that begins Bar 2. There may be some expressive detail, which may be over-enthusiastic ni.2 tone control issues, or maybe not sufficiently convincing.

Diabelli – Sonatina in G Op 168 No 2

Students need to have performing opportunities before the big occasion since the problem can be that students have been playing with dynamic contrast in lessons but under the challenge of an audience, concentrate only on getting the notes right and forget the expressiveness. The turn in Bar 43 must be played in exactly the same way: It is so lovingly played with such a mwjor feel for the beauty of the melodic lines, with phrasing tenderly shaped, that the fact that is is not even moderately allegro can begin to seem unimportant!


Notice the well shaped phrasing and detail in dynamics and diabeoli. In many respects this performance is good, being confident in fluency with a sense of character, so it is diabe,li pity that the LH needs to be quieter in relation to the RH. Diabelli – Sonatina in G Op No 2. Practice should be undertaken in sections, in accordance with what has been taught in the lesson.

7 Piano Sonatinas, Op.168 (Diabelli, Anton)

The main technical issue here is that of balancing the hands sensitively whilst maintaining a controlled, even LH part. The fingering given within the Bo.2 publication is well considered. Diabelli’s sonatinas are ideal material for children – very approachable technically, without wide stretches and featuring attractive melodies.

Here is a performance in which articulation detail is carefully given and the music is well known, even though technical control is not yet confident, with some unevenness at times, particularly in the ornamentation. Plenty of time should be allowed for learning the middle section so that this becomes as fluent as outer sections.