Piano repertoire intensive: fantasias
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: ME800D
Duration: 5 sessions
What is the course about?
This intensive course focuses on the interpretation and performance of 'Fantasias' as distinct compositions. Fantasias evolved from their Renaissance origins as pieces stemming "solely from the fantasy and skill of the author who created" them (Luis de Milán), and thus their characteristics vary considerably.
We will explore through detailed analysis whether fantasias are indeed as ‘formless’ as their titles appear to suggest, emphasising the interpretative challenges that result from freedom of rhythm and tempo, omission of bar-lines, virtuosity, and adventurousness in harmony and modulation.
Please choose a piece/movement from the the repertoire list below, and prior to the course email your choice to the Music Department sothat the tutor knows what you are bringing.
CPE Bach: Fantasias
JS Bach: Fantasias
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Op.77, Sonata quasi una fantasia, Op.27 No.1 or 2
Brahms: Fantasien, Op.116
Chopin: Fantaisie, Op.49, Fantaisie-impromptu Op.66, Polonaise-fantaisie, Op.61
Manuel de Falla: Fantasía Bética
Felix Mendelssohn: 3 Fantaisies Op.16, Fantasie Op.28
WA Mozart: Fantasia in C minor, K.475, D minor, K.397/385g, F minor, K.608
Rachmaninoff: Morceaux de fantaisie Op.3
Schubert: Fantasie in C major "Wanderer" D.760, C major "‘Grazer" D.605a, C minor D.2e
Robert Schumann: Fantasie Op.17, Fantasiestück, Op.12, 3 Fantasiestücke Op.111, Kreisleriana Op.16
Joaquín Turina: Fantasía italiana Op.75, Fantasía sobre cinco notas Op.83, Sonata fantasía Op.59.
What will we cover?
- Exploration of the interpretation of the 'fantasia'
- Knowledge and awareness of repertoire including formal organisation and harmonic analysis
- Further understanding of musical forms and structures
- Interpretative 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 5 or higher
- You must select repertoire from the list above and prepare a piece/movement/passage 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?
- individual coaching in a workshop format
- attentive listening, practical illustration and peer feedback
- class discussion of form, harmonic analysis and stylistic points of both your own pieces and those of your class mates (following the score)
Resources will be shared via Google Classroom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You need access to a piano for practice between classes.
Please provide a copy of your chosen piece, which will be shared with the class via Google Classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Your tutor will advise about suitable follow-on courses. You can also see our full sequence of piano classes on our blog Choosing a piano class at City Lit. For more advice, email the Music Department. 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.
For further courses in musicianship and music theory please click: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.
You may also be interested in music history classes. Please click this link: Music history courses in London and online which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.
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.