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English

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Jonathan Biss 

Neubauer Family Chair in Piano Studies
Performance Faculty
64,577 Learners
6 Courses

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Welcome to Class!

1 hour to complete
3 readings
3 readings
Welcome to Part 4 of Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas!10m
Syllabus10m
Getting to Know You10m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

Op. 2, No. 2

1 hour to complete
9 videos (Total 56 min)
9 videos
Haydn and Beethoven: Mixing the Sacred and the Profane4m
1st Movement: Wit and Graciousness6m
1st Movement: An Unexpected Emotional Range4m
1st Movement: Harmonic Adventures in the Service of Character5m
2nd Movement: Piety…6m
2nd Movement: …and Intensity7m
3rd Movement: Between Minuet and Scherzo4m
4th Movement: “Grazioso” but on a Grand Scale9m
1 practice exercise
Final Quiz – Op. 2 No. 2 Quiz
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

Op. 10, No. 3

1 hour to complete
10 videos (Total 77 min)
10 videos
1st Movement: Rhythmic Displacement and Inconclusive “Endings”12m
1st Movement: Complexity and Rhythmic Trickery8m
2nd Movement: Beethoven’s First Great Tragic Slow Movement4m
2nd Movement: Breadth and Lamentation7m
2nd Movement: Intensity and Melodrama5m
2nd Movement: Anticipating the “Ghost” Trio9m
3rd Movement: After the Storm, a Gentle Menuet7m
4th Movement: A Finale of Ambivalence and Mystery6m
4th Movement: Avoiding the Straightforward, and Anticipating the Future11m
1 practice exercise
Final Quiz – Op. 10, No. 3
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Op. 28

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 59 min)
7 videos
1st Movement: Using Rhythm and Harmony to Create a Cyclical Quality11m
1st Movement: A Development of Sudden Drama9m
2nd Movement: A Stoic Nature and Orchestral Scoring5m
2nd Movement: Emotional Power without Histrionics9m
3rd Movement: A Laconic Scherzo with Sly Humor8m
4th Movement: A Cyclical Rondo to Cap a Cyclical Sonata12m
1 practice exercise
Final Quiz – Op. 28 Quiz
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Top reviews from Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas Part 4

By SSApr 9th 2019

Mr. Biss is a wonderful teacher. He is able to convey his love of the music as well as help is students better appreciate these sonatas. The lessons learned will carry over to all my listening.

By CWFeb 9th 2019

A most enjoyable exploration of the Beethoven Sonatas. A wonderful resource for anyone studying music or simply listening to the Sonatas for enjoyment. Highly recommended!

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