The Intimate and the Grandoise

 6/9/2011 - 7/28/2011
Thursday 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This course examines the world of virtuoso piano music. During the Romantic era, the modern piano as we now know it came into being, and with it came a flurry of exceptionally vivid acoustical experimentation, coupled with the intensely personal expression that defined the Romantic era. We will examine the results, from the heady celebration of individual performing virtuosity to the “new” genres we now take for granted, such as Schumann’s intimate music-as-poetry. A survey of the role of nationalism will cover Chopin’s nocturnes and Polish national dances, the evocative works of Dvorak and Janacek, and the cult of Liszt.

See the syllabus (coming soon)