Welcome to the Joy of Mozart!
This site offers today’s performers and teachers a way to consider Mozart’s interpretation of his music according to his expression markings. Musicians in Mozart’s time knew his code of expression within these markings, and it is equally important to us today! Mozart himself talked about how these markings connect us with his music’s “force and meaning.” All musicians can find the full life of Mozart’s music through his expression markings, and share this enlivenment with their students and audiences.
Begin your online exploration of this ultimately defining aspect of Mozart’s style by reading the ARTICLES, where you will discover how Mozart’s markings direct us to communicate his music through speech patterns—the basis of the classical style. Find out which markings of expression he used, and what they tell us to play or sing.
Hear these five types of sounds that Mozart’s markings indicate, in the short INTRODUCTORY VIDEOS of excerpts from his piano sonatas. The Joy of Mozart Performer and Teacher Manual for training to play and teach these types of sounds is SOON TO COME . The JoM Student Method Book will also be available soon, as well as the new COMPOSITIONS in Mozart’s style, including cadenzas for fully enlivened, stylistic performances of Mozart’s concertos! Join the site to receive updates and announcements of publications and events.
Open the door into Mozart’s music by training and utilizing this magic key that he gave us—his expression markings—for a fuller enjoyment and communication of the force and meaning of his music!
The following videos offer a taste of what performers and teachers can expect from exploring Mozart’s music according to his markings of expression, and the five types of notes they indicate. Rather than performances, the videos are short demonstrations of how pieces can be prepared for later performance.