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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 32 hours to complete

Suggested: 8 hours videos and quizzes...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Welcome to Class!

4 readings
4 readings
Notes from the Instructor10m
Syllabus10m
Join the Curtis Online Forum10m
Getting to Know You10m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

How Things Were

6 videos (Total 59 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Music in the Time of Haydn and Mozart12m
Enter Beethoven8m
Sonata Form in Theory7m
Sonata Form in Practice14m
…and the Form of the Sonata8m
3 readings
Lesson Notes and Resources (How Things Were)10m
Lecture Corrections10m
Mr. Biss Asks...10m
1 practice exercise
How Things Were20m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

The First Thirteen

4 videos (Total 44 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Expanding the Scope of the Sonata: Op. 7, 1st Movement15m
Early Experiments in Metaphysics: Op. 7, 2nd Movement7m
Respecting and Disrespecting Tradition: Op. 7, 3rd and 4th Movements11m
3 readings
Lesson Notes and Resources (The First Thirteen)10m
Mr. Biss Asks...10m
Sonata from "The First Thirteen"10m
1 practice exercise
The First Thirteen20m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

New Paths

5 videos (Total 59 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Re-shaping the Sonata: Op. 2619m
Blurring the Lines Between Fantasy and Sonata: Op. 27, No. 16m
Psychological Extremity in Music: Op. 27, No.215m
Subtlety and Innovation: Op. 289m
4 readings
Lesson Notes and Resources (New Paths)10m
Lecture Correction10m
Mr. Biss Asks...10m
Sonatas from "New Paths"10m
1 practice exercise
New Paths20m
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Top reviews from Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas

By JRAug 23rd 2016

Fascinating trip through the marvellous Beethoven sonatas.\n\nAlthough I love them since many years, I'm very happy to see that It's always possible to progress.\n\nMany thanks Jonathan.

By JMOct 16th 2015

I highly recommend this course to anyone that wants to look DEEPER into music. Believe me, after you are done with this course. You will see classical music completely different.

Instructor

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Jonathan Biss

Neubauer Family Chair in Piano Studies
Performance Faculty

About Curtis Institute of Music

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. One of the most selective schools in the United States, Curtis accepts four percent of applicants each year on average. A tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission. With a small student body of about 175, Curtis ensures that each young musician receives an education of unparalleled quality, distinguished by personalized attention from a celebrated faculty and a “learn by doing” philosophy. Curtis students hone their craft through more than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music offerings each year in Philadelphia and around the world....

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