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Craig Sheppard
MUSIC 449
Seattle Campus

Advanced Piano Repertoire

For piano majors who wish an in-depth survey of major areas of the piano repertoire. Prerequisite: MUSIC 328. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Fall Quarter, 2011 - We will be discussing some of the works of Franz Liszt, whose 200th birthday is celebrated on October 22nd. The first five or six classes will focus on the first two books of 'The Years of Pilgrimage' (Switzerland and Italy), which emphasis on literary (Senancour, Lord Byron, Schiller, Petrarch, Dante) and other artistic inspirations (Raphael, Michelangelo, Salvador Rosa). Later in the quarter, we will investigate a few of the later works.

Student learning goals

better listening skills

greater interpretive skills

a greater historical perspective of the 19th century in Europe, as seen through the life of Franz Liszt

a better understanding of the cross-pollination between music, literature and art.

General method of instruction

The instructor will guide the class through each of the works via demonstration and discussion. Students are expected to particpate fully in the musical and historical analyses of these works.

Recommended preparation

Music 326-328 (Undergraduate Piano Repertoire) is the prerequisite. Beyond that, a good historical perspective of 19th century Europe is useful. Students might prepare for the course by reading part of Alan Walker's three-volume biography of Franz Liszt ahead of time.

Class assignments and grading

There will be both reading and listening assignments. The listening examples will generally come from youtube, which has much of the necessary material. We will discuss several different performances of the same work, shedding new light on performance practice. The reading assignments will come from the authors listed in the class description.

There will be a mid-term. This will count for approximately 20% of your grade. The final will count for 30%. Your weekly assignments will count for 20%. There will be a final book report, which will count for 20%, and 10% will be taken from class participation. Good class participation and input from the individual student might even count for a bit more!


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 Craig Sheppard
Date: 08/17/2011