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Intermediate Level

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 7 hours/week...

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Welcome to Class

3 readings
3 readings
Welcome to Part 5 of Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas!10m
Syllabus10m
Getting to Know You10m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Op. 27, No. 1

9 videos (Total 59 min), 1 quiz
9 videos
Bridging the Gap Between Fantasy and Sonata6m
1st Movement: Unusual Form; Unusual Harmonic Stability7m
1st Movement: A Joyous Disturbance of the Peace8m
2nd Movement: A Scherzo of Extreme Economy and Drama6m
2nd and 3rd Movements: A Magical “attacca” Transition5m
3rd Movement: Less a Movement than a Setting of the Stage4m
4th Movement: The Rondo the Sonata Has Been Heading Towards11m
4th Movement: Further Blurring the Lines Between the Movements6m
1 practice exercise
Final Quiz – Op. 27, No. 1 Quiz30m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Op. 31, No. 1

11 videos (Total 73 min), 1 quiz
11 videos
1st Movement: Playing Poor Coordination for Laughs5m
1st Movement: A Radical Move to the Mediant6m
1st Movement: Obsessing Over his own Joke…5m
1st Movement: …And Milking it for All It’s Worth5m
2nd Movement: An Affectionate Wink at Italian Opera3m
2nd Movement: Embellishment as Parody8m
2nd Movement: From Parody to Profundity12m
3rd Movement: Rondo as Riddle6m
3rd Movement: Inspiring Schubert6m
3rd Movement: A Coda filled with Surprise8m
1 practice exercise
Final Quiz – Op. 31, No. 1 Quiz30m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Op. 106: Hammerklavier (Part 1)

11 videos (Total 60 min), 1 quiz
11 videos
Putting the “Hammer” in “Hammerklavier”2m
A Massive Work Unified by Two Motivic Fixations5m
1st Movement: An Exposition that Establishes the Work’s Scope and its Principal Concerns10m
1st Movement: A Fugal Development and a Return that Breaks Every Rule7m
1st Movement: The Work’s B/B flat Conflict, Front and Center5m
1st Movement: A Titanic Coda for a Titanic Movement5m
2nd Movement: A Compact, At Times Riotous Scherzo2m
2nd Movement: The Thirds Fixation, at its Most Concise4m
2nd Movement: A Trio that Moves from Mysterious to Maniacal…7m
2nd Movement: …and a Coda that is Yet More Maniacal4m
1 practice exercise
Final Quiz – Op. 106 Part 1 Quiz30m

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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