Newberry Library Summer Class

Romantic Images and Icons: The Generation of Chopin and Schumann
Bard. Solitary wanderer. Nationalist hero. Mad genius. Prometheus. Faust. The Romantic era was awash in idealizations of the artist. Using the lives of composers Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann as the basis for an examination of the Romantic period, this course will seek to bring a most fascinating and unruly epoch into focus. Beyond the historical and social contexts of the first half of the 19th century, this class will also explore the continued resonance of the Romantic repertory in today’s world. Download Syllabus.
Jun 12, 2019 to July 17, 2019 2:00-4:00pm

Graham School Summer Classes

The Heroic Beethoven and the Birth of Musical Romanticism
Beethoven's middle period works (the heroic Beethoven) comprise the single most influential repertory in the history of Western music. The "Eroica" symphony, the mighty Fifth, the "Emperor" piano concerto and other works permanently established the model of artist as hero, artist as liberator, artist as sacrifice. The Romanticism of Schumann, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Mahler, and the contemporary image of musical genius is unthinkable without Beethoven's achievement. This course contextualizes these great works and assesses their impact on the course of music history.
Jun 25, 2019 to Aug 13, 2019 T 10:00am-12:30pm
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A History of Piano Music and Concertos from Bach to the Present
With its huge and varied repertory, the piano is a unique microcosm of Western music. This course offers an historical survey of the genre, from the Baroque suite to the modern étude and concerto. Acknowledged masterworks from Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, and Rachmaninov are presented, along with great but lesser known works from the French, Spanish, and Eastern European traditions. The course concludes with a look at contemporary styles and trends in piano composition.
Jun 27, 2019 to Aug 22, 2019 Th 10:00am-12:30pm
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Masterpieces that Changed the World
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. Pieces will include Bach’s Well-Tempered Klavier and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony,
Jul 27, 2019 to Jul 27, 2019 Sa 10:00am-4:00pm


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