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George S Bozarth
MUHST 508
Seattle Campus

Seminar in the Viennese Classical Period: 1760-1830

Prerequisite: MUHST 500.

Class description

THIS SEMINAR IS NOT JUST FOR PIANISTS! SINGERS, STRING PLAYERS, AND OTHERS WHOSE INSTRUMENTS DATE BACK TO THIS PERIOD ARE WARMLY WELCOME!!!

The Early Piano and its Music, 17001830

Journey back to a time when "a piano was not a piano, was not a piano," when the piano was a brand new instrument and builders in Italy, Spain, Germany, England, and Austria were intent upon applying to it their own innovations. In the process, a whole new style of keyboard composition emerged, influenced by and in turn influencing how pianos were designed. The seminar will focus on this productive interrelationship.

Repertory considered will include piano and chamber music, art songs, and concertos. Pianists will find out how much easier Beethoven is to play, singers will love the robust support these pianos give without ever drowning them out, and instrumentalists with enjoy blending their colors with the sounds of the early pianos. The keyboard instruments available for study by this seminar include replicas of a 1790s clavichord (Haydn's favorite, Viennese concert grand pianos from 1780, 1795, 1805, 1815, and 1830, an original 1820 Broadwood square piano, and an original 1805 Broadwood grand piano.

The initial class meeting will be held at the UW, the remaining sessions will take place amidst the early keyboard collection of Prof. Bozarth's Seattle Early Keyboard Museum on Crown Hill (#48 bus from the UW).

This is truly a "hands-on" seminar. All students will have their own private rehearsal times with the keyboard instruments to develop their seminar reports.

Since this is my most popular seminar and always fills up (max. 12 students), it is wise to register early. When requesting an add code, please tell me a little about your musical background and reasons for taking this seminar.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Seminar, including hands-on (literally!) exposure to a group of early pianos from Vienna and London; illustrated lectures, seminar discussions, and student reports.

Recommended preparation

MUSIC 500

Class assignments and grading

Reviews, seminar reports; written and spoken presentations


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by George S Bozarth
Date: 11/09/2013