This 3000 level course is open to undergraduate students who have completed one year of Music Theory or equivalent. The class is a chronological survey of music for the piano and its predecessors, from the Renaissance to the present. It consists of lectures, discussion, reading and listening, analysis and performance projects, exploration of period instruments, musical styles, and repertoire. Comparative listening of great performers and their legendary interpretations will aid the discussion of the piano idiom and performance practice. Attention will be given to elements of style and form, historical background, and issues of performance. There will be a class outing to the Metropolitan Museum’s instrument collection. Please prepare for each session by completing the listening and reading assignments, in order to be able to participate in class discussion. All required readings are available in the Gabe M. Wiener Music Arts Library (call numbers provided in the bibliography section).
The Great Keyboard Tradition
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