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Sonata Semplice (Mozart)

Sonata No. 16 in C major, K. 545 arranged for marimba duet by Daniel Lesieur
Level: Medium
Duration: 6:30–10:30
Personnel: 2 players
Release Date: 2018
Delivery Method: Physical
Product ID : TSPCD18-003
Price: $25.00
Item #: TSPCD18-003

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Description

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sonata No. 16 in C major, K. 545 is one of the most iconic pieces in all of classical music. It exemplifies all of the major aesthetic aspects of the classical period: clear melodies with simple accompaniments and uncomplicated forms, immediately accessible to the listener.

Daniel Lesieur’s arrangement of this sonata affords percussionists the opportunity to engage with this seminal work via the marimba duo. All three movements, I. Allegro, II. Andante, and III. Rondo (Allegretto), are available in one collection for aspiring marimbists, and may be performed either on 1 or 2 instruments.

Sonata Semplice ships in a printed, professionally bound folio with a full color cover.

Instrumentation

 1-2 marimbas–(1) 4.3-octave (low A), (1) 5-octave (low C)*

*Playable on a 4.5-octave (low F) with substitutions. Also, both players may share the lower marimba if necessary.

Reviews

Daniel Lesieur’s arrangement of Mozart’s Sonata Semplice (originally written for piano solo) splits the right and left hands of the piano part between two marimba players to create a duet. If this arrangement is compared to the original version for piano, one will see an almost note-for-note reproduction. The differences are limited to the trills being written out rhythmically, the long notes being notated as rolls, and an occasional note in the right-hand part being moved to the left hand part. It could be argued that being able to read Baroque- and Classical-era ornamental notation is an important skill for students to learn, and therefore a disservice to remove them from a transcription. 

The piece works quite well as a marimba duet, and the Tapspace engraving is clear and easy to read. Pedagogically, the piece works well to build ensemble skills, as the parts dovetail and trade o in quick succession. is would be a nice project for a couple of intermediate marimba students to grow their skills and get some hands-on experience with the Classical era (something that is some- times hard to come by in the percussion world). 

A young student looking for a new piece to play might not think of doing a Mozart transcription, so in that way having an arrangement visible on a popular platform like Tapspace might bring attention to this option. e hardcopy score comes with a CD containing individual parts and an audio recording.

–Marilyn K. Clark Silva
Percussive Notes
Vol. 57, No. 2, May 2019

Description

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sonata No. 16 in C major, K. 545 is one of the most iconic pieces in all of classical music. It exemplifies all of the major aesthetic aspects of the classical period: clear melodies with simple accompaniments and uncomplicated forms, immediately accessible to the listener.

Daniel Lesieur’s arrangement of this sonata affords percussionists the opportunity to engage with this seminal work via the marimba duo. All three movements, I. Allegro, II. Andante, and III. Rondo (Allegretto), are available in one collection for aspiring marimbists, and may be performed either on 1 or 2 instruments.

Sonata Semplice ships in a printed, professionally bound folio with a full color cover.

Instrumentation

 1-2 marimbas–(1) 4.3-octave (low A), (1) 5-octave (low C)*

*Playable on a 4.5-octave (low F) with substitutions. Also, both players may share the lower marimba if necessary.

Reviews

Daniel Lesieur’s arrangement of Mozart’s Sonata Semplice (originally written for piano solo) splits the right and left hands of the piano part between two marimba players to create a duet. If this arrangement is compared to the original version for piano, one will see an almost note-for-note reproduction. The differences are limited to the trills being written out rhythmically, the long notes being notated as rolls, and an occasional note in the right-hand part being moved to the left hand part. It could be argued that being able to read Baroque- and Classical-era ornamental notation is an important skill for students to learn, and therefore a disservice to remove them from a transcription. 

The piece works quite well as a marimba duet, and the Tapspace engraving is clear and easy to read. Pedagogically, the piece works well to build ensemble skills, as the parts dovetail and trade o in quick succession. is would be a nice project for a couple of intermediate marimba students to grow their skills and get some hands-on experience with the Classical era (something that is some- times hard to come by in the percussion world). 

A young student looking for a new piece to play might not think of doing a Mozart transcription, so in that way having an arrangement visible on a popular platform like Tapspace might bring attention to this option. e hardcopy score comes with a CD containing individual parts and an audio recording.

–Marilyn K. Clark Silva
Percussive Notes
Vol. 57, No. 2, May 2019



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