Mozart Sheet Music
Burlesque

Mozart sheet music for your beginning or early piano students - a solo arrangement and a duet version, free.

However, this piece is not actually Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart music - it is a piece written or transcribed by Leopold Mozart, Wolfgang's father!



One of those fun Mozart facts I once read is that Mozart's father, when he wrote out this short piece for his little son, was supplying him with one of the dances or popular music pieces of the time!  Mozart rock, if you will.

Therefore, I always say to my students who are learning this piece, "This was the rock music of Mozart's time!"

Listen to a nice clean performance in this Mozart Youtube, with a bit of legato:

Here is an easy arrangement for Middle C readers... however, there are plenty of twists and turns and skips in this melody, so it isn't as easy as you may think!

Burleske or Burlesque, by Leopold Mozart, for beginner piano students.  Play it as a duet too!


Free download Mozart sheet music

Now below is the same melody, but with a Secondo part (which causes the duet to sound just like the standard arrangement farther down the page).  Please play the Primo part up an octave:

Mozart piano sheet music Burleske, duet


Mozart music - Leopold Mozart, that is!  Burlesque for 2 players


Free download Mozart duet Burleske

And now below is the standard arrangement that you frequently see in beginning classical books.  Sometimes the melody has a few chord tones, but just as frequently it does not.

musique classique Mozart - Burlesque


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This piece presents an OPPORTUNITY to practice FINGER REPLACEMENT.  Some students will think this is fun; others will hate it!  But it is a skill they need in order to play advanced music well, and to sightread smoothly.

There are long notes, "waiting" spots, in each phrase or sub-phrase.  An approach to the fingering could go like this: 

"Let's say 'tee-tee-tee-tee-TAH, tee-tee-TAH, tee-tee-TAH-AH; TAH, tee-tee-TAH, tee-tee-TAH, tee-tee-TAH-AH.'"  It is on the "TAHs" that the finger will scoot - but which TAHs?  If you give them a role in deciding, by playing through and trying each one, then circling with a pencil where the finger must scoot, they are more likely to adopt the fingering for their own!

And another Mozart video, with kind of a weird keyboard sound... there are nice terraced dynamics, even if there is a ton of pedal & echo effect!






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