Let’s look at the analysis of the first eight measures of Mozart’s Sonata in D Major shown above. The orange arrow points to something that seems self-explanatory: the metrical proportions are getting smaller while the momentum increases. But this compression is rarely interpreted metrically and is instead normally treated as ornamentation and contrasting coloration to the fanfare-like triadic theme. The question is: why can this interpretation not reflect the actual intensity of this measure? This and many other questions will be answered in rhythm-pulse coaching.

What does a coaching session look like?

First, we will try to get an overview of the challenges posed by a piece in terms of rhythm and meter. We will investigate individual phrases for their metrical implications and play different interpretations.

Discussion of tempo related to metrical-rhythmic aspects. Experiments on the correlation of articulation and rhythm. Use recordings to compare versions of individual sections.