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Watch Jennifer Lim play Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca and Sonata in C Major

Robert Rowat

For piano students, the third movement of Mozart's Sonata in A Major, K. 331, is a popular gateway to more advanced repertoire. It became known as "Rondo Alla Turca" or "Turkish Rondo" due to Mozart's tempo marking "Alla turca — Allegretto," and once you get its 16th notes and octaves into your fingers, it's a fun way to impress your friends.

Running a close second to "Rondo Alla Turca" is the opening movement of Mozart's Sonata in C Major, K. 545, which he intended for beginners. It may be relatively easy, but it's also a really good piece. So much so that Edvard Grieg arranged it for two pianos, and Looney Toons used it to great effect.

You've heard these pieces played by aspiring pianists with varying results, but it's a different matter to hear them played by somebody with serious piano chops. For our "party pieces" video series, we invited pianist Jennifer Lim to our Vancouver studio to play both pieces.


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