MUS 275 Fall 2012 The Romantic Piano Tradition (W)

This course charts the development of the Romantic piano tradition from its beginnings at the end of the 18th century to the present day. With the more adventurous keyboard works of C.P.E. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven as our starting point, we will then focus our attention on the "Romantic Generation" of Chopin, Liszt, and Schumann. As the semester progresses we will enter the 20th century with the works of Albeniz, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff. Along the way, we will also examine the works of overlooked composers such as Alkan, Henselt, and Medtner. Topics for discussion will include the technological development of the piano, Romantic ideals of personal expression, the cult of personality surrounding virtuoso performers, formal and technical innovations of the great pianists, piano pedagogy schools, and the changing landscape of performance practice. Genres studied will include sonatas, etudes, character pieces, transcriptions, fantasies, and concertos. Consultation of historic recordings will constitute a major portion of the curriculum.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation based on regular participation, short biweekly writing assignments, and a final longer writing/presentation project
Additional Info: not available for the Gaudino or Pass/Fail option
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Prerequisites: ability to read music
Enrollment Preference: given to students who are taking or have taken piano lessons, and students with a demonstrated interest in piano music
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1890
MUS275-01(F) SEM The Romantic Piano Tradition (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive Andrew L. Haringer
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Bernhard 30 1890
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