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MusicOnline UK Teaching Notes - ABRSM Piano 2019/20 Grade 1 - A1

Theme - from Theme and Variations, Sonatina No.4 in D

Thomas Attwood 

ABRSM Grade 1 Piano 2019 - 2020.


Teaching Notes:

The first challenge that you will encounter is the difference in articulation between the hands. For example, the opening three bars have a staccato RH, but a legato LH. The roles are reversed in bar 7. 

Also be careful in bar 6. Notice that only the last three notes of the LH are slurred. The first note should be kept separate from these last three.


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The contrasting middle section, needs a sudden change in dynamic (from forte to piano) and also a change in touch. The tune becomes more smooth and it might be tempting, especially with the initial two repeated E's to continue the staccato style from the previous section. Even the repeated notes need to be longer here.

Watch out for the crotchet rest in the LH in bar 16. The first LH note in this bar needs to release exactly on the 3rd RH quaver.

Although only one poco rit is marked, in bar 16, a slight easing at the end might also be stylish.

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