Mozart is difficult for adults because his music is not so much simple but pure. I hadn’t played Mozart since I was a child, so when my piano teacher suggested that I pick up Mozart, I thought, I don’t know how to play this kind of music. With Romantic repertoire like Chopin, it is easy to get into the music. But with Mozart, I didn’t know how to get into the music.
Once I started practicing the Fantasia in D Minor, I still struggled with how to play Mozart. I asked other pianists and piano teachers for help on getting the idea of the piece. They told me that there are so many stories in the music, and it’s similar to opera in that way. A piece is one drama, and Mozart played out a lot of things in the drama.
In the Mozart Fantasia in D Minor, the opening section is very different from the main theme that follows. I think he was playing in this music, and that understanding gave me a way into interpreting this piece. I feel playful when I play the Fantasia in D Minor—this piece is a lot of fun. Now I really enjoy playing Mozart; it has expanded my imagination. I look forward to adding more Mozart to my repertoire.