Haydn’s Sonata in D Major is an expressive, playful, and energetic piece. The interchanging voicing and harmonies in the sonata meld together to produce a beautiful composition. Some parts are surprising and different, while others flow and glide. In the picture, you see a man regarding a waterfall with wonder and amazement, just like how the sonata is a waterfall. Some parts come down easily, while other currents hit rocks and surprises, sending up clouds of water drops. The piece reminds me of a journey, stopping at some parts with dramatic “trumpets”, and marching on at others.  

One of my favorite parts was the beginning of the development. You hear the main melody in a different hand and key. It’s like looking at something from a different angle. You see something you’ve never seen before, a different element of the melody. 

Overall, this sonata is an amazing piece that showcases all the beautiful elements of the classical era.

~ Presentation by Jason Sliwowski

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Dr. Marcia Bosits
Dr. Marcia Bosits(@marcia-bosits)
26 days ago

Picture You chose a really interesting picture to represent your Haydn sonata movement.  It features two images which you correlate to aspects of the piece.   The waterfall represents the sonata itself, and the exuberant individual suggests the wonder and amazement one feels in both situations (hearing the music or seeing the natural phenomenon).  This presents an opportunity for your audience to imagine, identify, and relate to the music in an original way.   Introduction I appreciate that you use proper terms to describe elements of sonata form.  This is how we “gently” educate our listeners.  Then you add personal adjectives (surprising, gliding, etc.) that help us understand your connection to the music. Even if we imagined the movement differently, we can appreciate your interpretation and are excited to hear it through your eyes and ears. Performance You present a confident performance of this piece with proper execution of ornaments and rests (giving life to the music.) This is a fast tempo, but you manage it well.  (It is so easy to rush in passages with broken chords and octaves.) The small gestures and motives have beautiful releases. The LH melodic octaves are played with exactly the right physical weight and melodic shape. … Read more »

Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
1 month ago

Hello Jason! First I must tell you that your picture and your description of the man “regarding a waterfall with wonder and amazement” was so beautiful. I will always remember this piece now, and your comparison to a waterfall. Wonderful intro and picture.

Your performance of the piece was exciting! You’ve mastered all the little flourishes that make Haydn so great – the variety of ornaments, the dynamic contrasts, the joyful energy that takes the listener on a very enjoyable journey.

I’m so glad that you and Lucy are part of our Yamazaki Piano Club. We have many talented pianists who have shared with all of us. I hope you will listen to all the entries for this contest and the previous one, and perhaps leave a comment of encouragement.

I teach piano and composition, and one of the things I encourage my students to do is listen, listen, listen! Now I’m going to ask them to listen to your performance of “Papa Haydn” as an example of “the beautiful elements of the classical era”.

Good luck in the contest!

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Lola Mestas
Lola Mestas(@lola-mestas)
1 month ago

This performance really does capture the classical era! Excellent performance.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago

Amazing performance, Jason. I am imagining how happy and proud your parents are. Are you and Lucy siblings? 

Myles Spencer
Myles Spencer(@myles-spencer)
26 days ago

Jason, I am at a loss for words of how amazing of a performance this was, and how amazing of a performer you are! Your polish and execution of piano works are so professional and Avant garde, that I feel as though I am listening to one of the piano greats play it!
This was such a great performance of a classical style piece and was very characteristic. Also bravo on managing such a fast tempo. It is so easy with a fast tempo to either rush from excitement, or to gradually slow down while trying to focus on the notes. But you stayed consistent throughout the entirety of the piece which is easier said than done.
Bravo again!

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