An entertaining picture of this most visceral of musical traditions will emerge through our consideration of CDs, DVDs, musical analysis, and contemporary documents. The swashbuckling careers of Liszt, Rubenstein, Louis Moreau, Gottschalk, and Paganini will be placed in the context of the evolution of the virtuoso concerto. Modern-era virtuosos such as Vladimir Horowitz will also be included, as will obscure and contemporary concertos. Time permitting, class participants may suggest favorite works and performers.
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