Piano repertoire: shorts

Course Dates: 10/07/20 - 07/08/20
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Online

Boost your confidence, refresh your practice routine and explore new repertoire with these termly short classes. For pianists at Grade 7+ standard. You must prepare repertoire from the selection listed below.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

These regular short classes focus on stylistic interpretation and performance of a specified period/genre. Emphasis will be placed on form (e.g. sonata form, variations) stylistic interpretation (e.g. ornamentation) and memorisation.
A regular practice routine is essential for progress at this level and you are requested to prepare a piece/movement from the repertoire theme to bring to the first session.

If you are new to City Lit piano classes, please take a moment to read our blog: Choosing a piano class at City lit which lists our full sequence of piano classes. You could also drop in to one of our advice sessions where we can hear you play and help you choose the right course.

Repertoire for this term’s class:
'Domenico Scarlatti and the 18th century Spanish keyboard masters'
Domenico Scarlatti (Schirmer)
Padre Antonio Soler (Henle)
Sebastian Albero (UME)
Manuel Blasco de Nebra (Wilhelm Hansen)
Do listen to this introductory podcast by Ricardo Gosalbo to hear more about the repertoire you will study on this course.

What will we cover?

- Repertoire themes are fixed per term, students may choose their pieces from the selection listed above.
- Knowledge and awareness of repertoire including formal organisation and harmonic analysis (e.g. in a fugue, what is the countersubject and what key is it in? How does this help you memorise the movement)
- Further understanding of musical forms and structures
- Interpretive skills (e.g. ornamentation)
- Memorisation techniques
- Performing, masterclass-style in front of others.

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

- Show an improved formal and stylistic awareness of the chosen repertoire
- Demonstrate developed fluency of rhythm/pulse co-ordination
- Demonstrate an improved tone quality
- Make independent decisions in regards to pedalling, ornaments and articulation.

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

- You will have a playing standard of grade 7+.
- You must select repertoire from the list above and prepare a piece/movement to play at the first session
- You need to be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.

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

- Each member will be individually coached in a workshop format.
- Class members are invited to participate through attentive listening, practical illustration and peer feedback.
- There will be opportunities to discuss form, harmonic analysis and stylistic points of both your own pieces and those of your fellow class members (score-follow).

This course will be delivered online, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

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

Students should have access to a piano for practice between classes and budget approximately £15 per term for music. Scores may be purchased new or second-hand and/or borrowed from local libraries. Westminster Central Music Library (Victoria) and the Barbican Music Library have very comprehensive collections. Suitable scores may also be available from http://imslp.org/. Some scores are available to borrow from City Lit library, see the online catalogue https://heritage.citylit.ac.uk/heritage/.

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

You may repeat Piano repertoire shorts for as long as you wish or when you are ready, progress to Piano repertoire (a term-long repeating format) or Piano: advanced workshop. Your tutor will advise you further.

If you are new to City Lit piano classes, please take a moment to read our blog: Choosing a piano class at City lit which lists our full sequence of piano classes. You could also drop in to one of our advice sessions where we can hear you play and help you choose the right course.

Tutor Biographies
Ricardo Gosalbo Tutor Website

Ricardo Gosalbo is a Spanish-French pianist. He has held fellowships at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he currently works as Spanish music tutor and staff accompanist. A devoted champion of Spanish and Hispano-American music, Ricardo combines his duties as artistic director of the Hispanic Music Series with his doctoral research on 19th-century Spanish Art Song. Ricardo has performed at many prestigious venues across Europe and has also been featured on BBC Radio 3 'InTune’. A multifaceted music collaborator, Ricardo is a founding member of the Deco Ensemble, praised as ‘one of the UK’s foremost tango ensembles.’ He has also worked extensively with contemporary dancers and choreographers. He has been the recipient of numerous prizes including the ‘Prix de Lied’ at the Concours International de chant-piano Nadia et Lili Boulanger, the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform and the Paul Hamburger Prize. Ricardo teaches piano and piano/keyboards classes, and accompanies classes in classical and music theatre singing.

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.

Check your level

Course Code: ME800D

Fri, day, 10 Jul - 07 Aug '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £79.00

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