The improvised cadenza: Mozart and Beethoven

Course Dates: 12/04/21
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Location: Online
Mozart and Beethoven were passionate, competitive improvisers. By studying their concerto cadenzas, we’ll explore how Classical composers and performers approached cadenzas, and how they came to be composed rather than improvised.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: MD701A

Finished Mon, eve, 12 Apr - 12 Apr '21

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

Both Mozart and Beethoven have left tantalizing insights into their contemporary performance practice, in the form of their own concerto cadenzas. By listening to examples and reading excerpts of their letters, we’ll discover contrasting performance approaches and tensions between composition and improvisation within the Classical period.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- selected instrumental and keyboard concerto cadenzas of Mozart and Beethoven
- the performance practice of Classical improvisation
- the expectations of composers and audience members in the Classical period.

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

- discuss the expectations on Classical performers to improvised
- understand the different approaches Mozart and Beethoven applied to improvisation in their cadenzas
- explain how cadenzas came to be composed rather than improvised.

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

No prior knowledge of the subject is required. You do not need to read music to take this course (although we will look at music notation from time to time).

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

This is an online course.
You will be taught via tutor presentation, visual examples, guided listening and class discussion. Course materials provided so that you can follow up music of interest to you.

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

You will need a good internet connection and a computer with microphone & webcam. If using a tablet it will need a screen large enough for you to comfortably view the class handouts.
- You may like to have a notebook and pen handy.
- You may also wish to explore further some of the music discussed in class; links will beprovided by the tutor.

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

You may also be interetsed in other courses in our Music History programme, especially
History of piano music 1860 -1950.

Lindsey Fillingham Tutor Website

Lindsey Fillingham (flute, piano, chamber music and improvisation tutor) graduated with BMus(Hons) from the University of Cape Town in 2009 and went on to study in Stockholm (KMH), Manchester (RNCM), and privately with Kate Hill (RAM). She has played with the likes of the Hallé, the Cape Philharmonic, and Orchestra of the Swan in venues including Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields, has performed as a soloist with the Johannesburg Philharmonic, and broadcast for BBC’s Songs of Praise and Sunday Worship. Lindsey is carrying out PhD research at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, into group classical improvisation. She has led improvisation workshops and courses at the University of Cape Town, City Lit and Barbican’s OpenFest, amongst others. Lindsey loves performing to diverse communities, and is equally at home singing in school workshops or playing in care settings. She is a member of soundSPARK wind quartet and, with the Ashdown Duo, the Musicians in Hospitals and Care scheme. Lindsey is passionate about passing on the joy of music-making, and teaches at City Lit and Kensington Prep School.

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.