Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: ME263D
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
This course allows advanced piano students to look at approaches to the core piano repertoire through the prism of ideas from the famous Russian Piano Tradition and offer an insight into many of its key principles.
The course is based on the teachings and playing of Heinrich Neuhaus (whose most famous students include Emil Gilels, Sviatoslav Richter, Lev Naumov and Alexei Lubimov), and that of his older colleague Alexander Goldenweiser (whose students included Tatyana Nikolaeva, Lazar Berman and Dmitri Bashkirov).
What will we cover?
- formation of an ‘artistic image’ of the piece
- ‘intonation’ of rubato
- attitudes to sound / tone colour
- chord techniques
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- deepen your awareness and appreciation of the scope of the Russian piano tradition
- transfer practical ideas from the tradition into your own practice and performance.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for pianists at Grade 6 level and above. You will need to have prepared a work or short pieces by J.S. Bach, Beethoven or Romantic composers such as Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Grieg or Rachmaninov.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This course is taught masterclass-style, with a maximum of 12 students in the class. Each student will perform their prepared repertoire and receive detailed critique from the tutor, working to refine details of technique and interpretation.
All students will be invited to comment on each others' performances and to discuss the musical and technical issues raised by the repertoire studied.
It is expected that you will practise between sessions, to work on the points raised in class to achieve a more refined performance. The tutor may suggest additional listening, reading or score study to enhance your learning.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a spare copy of your prepared repertoire.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Your tutor can advise you about suitable courses and details of our full complement of piano courses are on our blog: Choosing a piano class at City lit . You can also contact the music department for more advice: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in further 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.
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