For Beethoven, the sonata was his laboratory or workshop. It was the genre in which he experimented with his most audacious and original ideas, while the quartet decisively marks the culmination of each of his “three periods.” Schubert’s sonatas and quartets express his utterly complementary character in regard to Beethoven.
We will highlight the flamboyant and coloristic compositional techniques of Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov, the elegance and craftsmanship of Tchaikovsky, and the prescient modernism of Mussorgsky with due attention to the beloved virtuoso performance tradition.
This daylong seminar examines musical masterpieces that transformed western music and will include compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Wagner, Debussy, and others. Works are explored in terms of cultural context and influence, and will be presented via live performance, CD, and DVD. Syllabus