For music majors.
This quarter will center around a few of the Romantics, with maybe a bit of Debussy and Ravel thrown in at the end, if we have time.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
There will be a lecture each time we begin a new composer. We will use maps and other resources as in the past. We will highlight the overall pianistic output of each of these composers, then zero in on one or two of their major piano compositions. As always, I will also want you to get a general view of the times these composers lived in, the general European history of the period, etc.. This is vital to understanding where the composers fit into the scheme of things.
Please read up on the new composer before coming to class (Groves, whatever). That way, you guys can interject things about the composer that I might leave out (interruptions gladly welcomed!)!!! Also be prepared for surprise quizzes, as in the past - particularly listening quizzes. I will prepare a list (hopefully for the class on April 10th) of five pieces per week that I want you guys to listen to. This is important, so please take these listening assignments seriously. You will also get your class syllabus on April 10th.
Class assignments and grading
I am away the first week of class. The second week, April 10th, we will discuss Frederic Chopin, so please bone up on his life and the people he knew, where he went, etc.. Hopefully you'll see Chopin in a different light from ever before!
Your project this quarter will be either to play a major Romantic work for the class, OR write a book report on one of the following:
Jan Swafford's biography of Brahms
Nancy B. Reich's biography of Clara Schumann
any of the three volumes of Alan Walker's biography of Liszt
Robert Daverio's biography of Schumann
Your class participation counts for a lot - maybe 30%. The quizzes for 20%, your project for 20%, and the final exam in June for 30%.