Five Fortepianos: a workshop in “Teoria Applicata”

Five Fortepianos is a 5-day workshop with the pianist Viviana Sofronitsky, specialist in historically informed performance, and the piano builder Paul McNulty, specialist in historical instruments. It is in a modular shape and focuses on three strongly interconnected topics: the context, the text, the interpretation.

The instruments

The workshop will be given on the following instruments:

  • Piano after Stein, Vienna ca. 1788
  • Piano after Walter, Vienna ca. 1792
  • Piano after Graf, Vienna ca. 1819
  • Piano after Pleyel, Paris 1830
  • Piano after Boisselot, Paris 1846

All fortepianos are copies of original instruments built by Paul McNulty, Prague.

The repertoire

Each participating student is asked to prepare:

  • a slow movement from an early classical sonata (C.P.E. Bach, Haydn, early Mozart), and
  • Lyrical passage from works by Chopin and Liszt

In addition, the following pieces will be discussed:

  • C. P. E. Bach, 12 Variationen über die Folie d’Espagne, H. 263
  • W. A. Mozart, Sonata K. 310, Andante cantabile con espressione
  • L. v. Beethoven, Sonata op. 10 n. 3
  • F. Chopin, Etude op. 10, n. 2

Further suggested repertoire for the afternoon sessions:

  • J. Haydn, Sonatas Hob. XVI 48-51
  • C.P.E. Bach, H 117. Sonatas Wq 62:17-20 (H 118-120)
  • W. A. Mozart, Sonatas KV 279-284
  • L. v. Beethoven, Sonatas op. 2, 2 in C Major; op. 10, 3 in D Major; op. 13 (Pathétique) in C minor; op. 31, 1 in G Major; op. 53 in C major; op. 54 in F major; op. 90 in E minor; op. 109 in E major; op. 110 in A flat major
  • F. Schubert: Sonatas, Impromptus op. 90 and 142
  • F. Chopin: Ballades 1-3; Mazurkas op. 30 and op. 50; Nocturnes
  • F. Liszt: Consolations S. 172, R. 12


  • see the workshop’s brochure: Five Fortepianos brochure
  • have a look at some pictures taken during the lessons and before the concert in this post