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As an organist, I don't know much about Mozart and I seriously lack of classical-classical experiences (I mean for ex. not classical-baroque, and not classical-romantic, but classical-classical), but from the Mozart pieces I've heard through my life, your piece has some really Mozart-y sounding parts for sure.

Particularly my favorite parts are which I think they sound the most Mozart-y,
around 0:03 "Di - Re" ("C# - D" in your piece's key), and around 0:09 the "Ri - Mi" ("D# - E" in your piece).
I think this type of half-step (most of the time from bottom to the top(?) I mean stepping up a half-step we could call it one of Mozart's signature pitch-writing.

As a mini-tip: I think you can do this half-step-up-melody-trick on almost any note, except "Li - Ti" ("A# - B" in C major key), because "A#" or "Bb" however we call it at the place of the context in C major key most likely it would sound like the "Fa" note of F major key, it would sound like the "Tay" note of C dominant chord, and "Fa usually want's to go a half-step down, instead of down, at least in the case of a C dominant 7 chord, if you would play for ex. a C dominant 7 chord and then a G or a G dominant 7 chord to force the A# go half step up to B, then I think it would not sound right in a classical-classical context, it would sound almost like a certain part of a blues chord progression especially if we would chose to use only dominant 7 chords.
Probably I wrote this explanation unneseseraliy complicated and too long, sorry about that 🙂 It's not that important,
but in an easier way I could say that my tip is that I think you can do these half-step-Mozart-y-pitch-writing:
C# - D
D# - E
E -F
(probably even F - F#)
F# -G
G# - A
(but CAN'T do A# - B)
B - C too I guess

I can't explain well why I think this, this is just my intuition, probably I'm wrong somewhere, others might tell us where.

Another little thing is that I think the Alberti-bass was a good choice to start with, I think Mozart liked to use it a lot!

As I wrote earlier I don't know much about Mozart, but these are the things that I've noticed immediately even by not knowing Mozart too much so you made even me recognize the essence of Mozart in your piece, so I think you are on the right track!

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2 hours ago, Lotsy piano said:

As an organist, I don't know much about Mozart and I seriously lack of classical-classical experiences (I mean for ex. not classical-baroque, and not classical-romantic, but classical-classical), but from the Mozart pieces I've heard through my life, your piece has some really Mozart-y sounding parts for sure.

Particularly my favorite parts are which I think they sound the most Mozart-y,
around 0:03 "Di - Re" ("C# - D" in your piece's key), and around 0:09 the "Ri - Mi" ("D# - E" in your piece).
I think this type of half-step (most of the time from bottom to the top(?) I mean stepping up a half-step we could call it one of Mozart's signature pitch-writing.

As a mini-tip: I think you can do this half-step-up-melody-trick on almost any note, except "Li - Ti" ("A# - B" in C major key), because "A#" or "Bb" however we call it at the place of the context in C major key most likely it would sound like the "Fa" note of F major key, it would sound like the "Tay" note of C dominant chord, and "Fa usually want's to go a half-step down, instead of down, at least in the case of a C dominant 7 chord, if you would play for ex. a C dominant 7 chord and then a G or a G dominant 7 chord to force the A# go half step up to B, then I think it would not sound right in a classical-classical context, it would sound almost like a certain part of a blues chord progression especially if we would chose to use only dominant 7 chords.
Probably I wrote this explanation unneseseraliy complicated and too long, sorry about that 🙂 It's not that important,
but in an easier way I could say that my tip is that I think you can do these half-step-Mozart-y-pitch-writing:
C# - D
D# - E
E -F
(probably even F - F#)
F# -G
G# - A
(but CAN'T do A# - B)
B - C too I guess

I can't explain well why I think this, this is just my intuition, probably I'm wrong somewhere, others might tell us where.

Another little thing is that I think the Alberti-bass was a good choice to start with, I think Mozart liked to use it a lot!

As I wrote earlier I don't know much about Mozart, but these are the things that I've noticed immediately even by not knowing Mozart too much so you made even me recognize the essence of Mozart in your piece, so I think you are on the right track!

 

Thanks!

That accidental had a expecific name, I don't remember now (this mind-games), and Indeed he uses more this. The part that I think actually fits more Mozart-style is the closure of the second theme, but alberti-bass, accidentals, and others are actually very recognisable in Mozart.

Thanks a lot for the comment

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@Lotsy piano  @Guillem82    That is called ritardation (when the non-chord tone resolves upwards) or appoggiatura (when it resolves downwards). I think you can write A# - B in the context of C maj (for example with a G or G7).   In m. 62 there is a false appoggiatura because the A# is, in fact a Bb, part of C7, and it would be odd an appoggiatura resolving an augmented second.

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1 minute ago, Luis Hernández said:

@Lotsy piano  @Guillem82    That is called ritardation (when the non-chord tone resolves upwards) or appoggiatura (when it resolves downwards). I think you can write A# - B in the context of C maj (for example with a G or G7).   In m. 62 there is a false appoggiatura because the A# is, in fact a Bb, part of C7, and it would be odd an appoggiatura resolving an augmented second.

 

The second is a mistake of scoring 😂😂 thanks for explaining It better than i could

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29 minutes ago, Luis Hernández said:

That is called ritardation (when the non-chord tone resolves upwards) or appoggiatura (when it resolves downwards).

What you described for ritardation is correct. When the Non-chord tone resolves down, it is called a suspension(Edit: assuming its holding over from the previous chord, I probably look dumb now....).

This is an appoggiatura:

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http://openmusictheory.com/embellishingTones.html

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@Luis Hernández @i(don't)suckatcomposing Thank you very much for your corrections! I've learnt something today again, that's why I like this forum! :)

@J.Santos Ah yes you are right about that part (the scale-sequence part, right?), it also really Mozart-sounding, so that's another good spot! It really reminded me to the KV 545 1st movement's same type of scale-sequence, it starts with a short arpeggio/brokenchord upwards, then the scale goes down, and then the sequence repeats a note lower diatonicly (diatonically(?)).

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Hi Juan,

Thanks for this interesting post. Wish I had seen it earlier. First of all, you have the right ideas and you have made it into something quite nice. There are, however, inconsistencies in certain motifs that you have applied. For example, the opening 6 bar phrase follows a do-re-mi pattern (that is, the upper voice by convention should rise from the 1st degree to the 3rd). In your example, the entire motif is over 6 bars with an irregular rhythm, and the upper voice does not commence on the tonic but instead the dominant, falling to the mediant. The emphasis on the mediant at the beginning is unconventional for the reason that that the emphasis should be place towards the end of the pattern.

To help illustrate, I have adapted your opening idea and it should be apparent how such phrases might appear in classical works. After the do-re-mi pattern, I developed some of the ideas that leads to a perfect cadence, after which your shift to second subject might occur.

One final point I would make is that you should refrain from changing the meter immediately after the first subject. I would be interested to hear your underlying reasoning for this as is quite unusual, that is within the confines of common practice.

Hope this helps.

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On 2/22/2020 at 1:04 AM, Markus Boyd said:

sorry, forgot to click reply notifications

 

Thanks for replying! Anyway I've improved too much since i composed that sonatina. In fact, I worked all this day on a Sonata (that's im just going to upload). Would apreciate an analysis there haha, eventhought is just the first movement and it's not ended at all. I liked the way you rewrote my piece, it sounded very mozartarian.

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