A history of piano music

Course Dates: 26/04/17 - 05/07/17
Time: 16:15 - 18:25
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Trace the development of keyboard instruments and their repertoire from Bach’s Goldberg Variations to the late works of Brahms. Explore the composers and makers who shaped the keyboard into one of the most versatile and popular instruments of all time, and learn about history, style, genre and function through guided listening and score reading. Tutor: Dr Maria Razumovskaya [external website]

Break week: 31st May.


What is the course about?

This course provides an introduction to keyboard instruments from the eras of Bach to Brahms, their repertoire and the composers who wrote for them. The main focus is on piano repertoire but this course will also include works written for harpsichord, fortepiano and church organ.

What will we cover?

- Biographical outlines of key composers and instrument makers
- The main features and design of keyboard instruments
- How and why English and Continental expectations of music-making and composition produced distinctive schools of thought
- Historical context and chronological development of musical forms and styles
- Case studies covering a wide range of repertoire for keyboard instruments.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Demonstrate a broad understanding of the chronology of key compositions
- Enjoy an enhanced understanding of this repertoire based on a deeper knowledge of musical structure and historical context.
- Demonstrate a deep understanding of several key works of the piano repertoire and feel empowered to use this knowledge as a template to explore more repertoire in future
- Access musical scores and reliable historical information from online resources.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in listening to piano or keyboard music and who wishes to find out more about the history of performing this repertoire. We will look at various scores and historical documents during this course but you do not need to read music notation to participate in these activities. All texts will be in English, or accompanied by an English translation. If you have internet access at home, you can access further course materials online though the Moodle site once you have enrolled.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Tutor presentation and explanation, including handouts
Guided listening and watching of audio and audio-visual examples
Class discussion and debate
Listening and reading outside class is encouraged and once enrolled futher online resources will be available via Moodle.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a notebook and pen.
You may wish to buy some of the music or books recommended in class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offers a wide range of music appreciation classes, as well as related courses in history, art history and philosophy.

If you enjoy learning about music you may like to consider our wide range of instrumental classes including piano classes taught in our digital piano suite. All beginners classes are suitable for those who don’t yet read music notation but are keen to learn.

You may also be interested musicianship and practical music classes; please see website or printed course guide for the extensive range of possibilities, or contact the Music department for advice: music@citylit.ac.uk or (020) 7492 2630

City Lit has a regular programme of free lunchtime recitals on Thursdays, piano recitals at Southwark Cathedral and St Paul’s Covent Garden, and many end-of-term performances. See http://www.citylit.ac.uk/concerts-recitals for details.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Course Code: MD610

Wed, day, 26 Apr - 05 Jul '17

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £151.00
Concession: £115.00
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