Nineteenth Century Solo Piano & Chamber Works

OSH 187 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English
Locations: LFH 102
Instructor: Dr. Judith Etzion

Course Description

An overview of the pivotal role of the piano in 19th-century music. Ranging from short intimate pieces to dazzling virtuosity, piano literature serves as a most revealing reflection of the period’s sociocultural aspect. Diverse approaches to the piano in chamber works will be presented as well.

Week 1

The ‘character piece’ and examples from works by Schubert and Schumann

Week 2

Chamber music with piano by Schubert and Schumann

Week 3

Mendelssohn’s “songs without words” and piano trios

Week 4

Surveying Chopin’s piano collections (Mazurkas, Nocturnes, Waltzes, Etudes, and Preludes)

Week 5

Liszt and the cult of the traveling virtuoso pianist. Excerpts from his piano works.

Week 6

An overview of late 19th-century French piano music (esp. Debussy and Ravel)

Dr. Judith Etzion, Ph.D. in Musicology, Columbia University, has enjoyed a distinguished career as a scholar, performer, and university professor in the USA, Israel, and Spain. She has also conducted courses in music appreciation for adult education programs for over 30 years. Dr. Etzion teaches various lifelong learning programs in South Florida.

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