Category: Piano Diploma Exams

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Mozart: Piano Sonata K.311

The Piano Sonata in D major K.311 is in three movements. The Allegro opens with a theme that is orchestral in conception. After a modulation to the dominant, there is a secondary theme that sounds much more like a keyboard solo with its Alberti bass figures and scale-like melody. Mozart slowly increases the rhythmic intensity of the development section until a sudden stop near the middle, where piano and forte dynamics alternate. The order of events in the recapitulation is unusual.

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References for Specific Topic – Bach

For those who are preparing for their piano performance diploma exams (ABRSM/TCL- dipABRSM/ATCL/LTCL/LRSM), here are some excellent examples for your reference on programme notes writing:

I know a lot of you are preparing for the Toccata in E minor BWV 914, and so here is one of analysis you can find online.


Title: Oxford Composer Companion: J.S. Bach (Oxford Composer Companions)

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Editor: Malcolm Boyd

Title: The Cambridge Companion to Bach (Cambridge Companions to Music) 

Editor: John Butt

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Title: The New Bach Reader: A Life of Johann Sebastian Bach in Letters and Documents

Author: Christoph Wolff

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company

Title: J. S. Bach’s Well-tempered clavier : in-depth analysis and interpretation 

Author:  Siglind Bruhn

Publisher: Edition Gorz


Title: J.S. Bach : An introduction to his Keyboard Music (Alfred Masterwork Edition)

Author: Willard A. Palmer

Publisher: Alfred Music

Title: The Well-Tempered Clavier – Revised Edition

Publisher: Henle Verlag

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Sound (CD etc)

Title: Well-Tempered Clavier

Pianist: Andras Schiff

Title: Glenn Gould plays Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Books I & II, BWV 846-893

Pianist: Glenn Gould

Title: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 & 2 [4 CD]

Pianist: Roselyn Tureck

Title: Bach, J.S.: Keyboard Works

Pianist: Angela Hewitt

Reference Books For Specific Topic: Chopin

For those who are preparing for their piano performance diploma exams (ABRSM/TCL- dipABRSM/ATCL/LTCL/LRSM), here are some references on programme notes writing:

Title: Chopin: The Reluctant Romantic
Author: Jim Samson
(background/analysis (not structural) of works like Ballade and Scherzos)


Title: Chopin, the four ballades‎
Author: Jim Samson


Title: Chopin’s Letters 
Author: Frederic Chopin
Editor: E. L. Voynich 
Publisher: Dover Books on Music


Title: Chopin: The Man and His Music
Publisher: Dover Books on Music
Author: James Huneker


Title: In Search of Chopin
Publisher: Dover Books on Music
Author: Alfred Cortot


Chopin: The Piano Concertos
Publisher: Cambridge Music Handbooks
Author: John Rink
Editor: Julian Rushton 

Title: The Chopin Companion : Profiles of the Man and the Musician
Publisher: Norton Library, N668
Author: Alan Walker