Great works: Grieg's Piano Concerto
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: MD041B
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Grieg’s Piano Concerto – the only concerto he ever completed – dates from relatively early in the composer’s career, and was heavily influenced by the music of Robert Schumann. Its distinguished early interpreters included Anton Rubinstein and Franz Liszt. This session allows us to get ‘under the bonnet’ of the Concerto to explore Grieg’s writing and trace its reception.
What will we cover?
- The history of this work and its early interpreters
- The later performance history of the piece, including early recordings
- The structure and key features of the Concerto.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the key structural features of this work
- Place it in a general history of major nineteenth-century concertos
- Feel confident to summarize this history of this work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for students at all levels, and no special skills are needed. However, we will look at some music manuscripts and learn to identify key features of music notation (how many voices are singing, etc…) so this course will be most suitable for those who are curious and ambitious to learn.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Sessions will comprise combinations of lecture, discussion, quizzes, guided listening, video and score study.
- Course materials (handouts, scores, links to online videos) will be shared via google classroom.
- You will be encouraged to do extra reading outside class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may also wish to purchase some of the music books or recordings discussed in class, links to these materials will be available online after each session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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Dr Katy Hamilton is a freelance researcher, writer and presenter on music. She is fast becoming one of the UK’s most sought-after speakers on music, providing talks for a host of organisations including the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, BBC Proms, Ryedale Festival and Oxford Lieder Festival. In addition, she regularly writes programme notes for the Salzburg Festival, North Norfolk Festival and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 3’s Record Review. Katy worked as Graham Johnson’s research assistant for his monumental Franz Schubert: The Songs and their Poets (Yale University Press, 2014) and is co-editor of Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and Brahms in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2019). In addition to her research and presentation work, Katy has taught at the Royal College of Music, City Lit, the University of Nottingham and Middlesex University, working with students in performance workshops and music history classes. She has been teaching Music History courses at City Lit since 2015. She is also Public Events Programmer at the Foundling Museum in central London.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.