University of Michigan

The Piano Sonata: Origins to Mozart

This course is part of Exploring Piano Literature: The Piano Sonata Specialization

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Matthew Bengtson

Instructor: Matthew Bengtson

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10 hours (approximately)
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What you'll learn

  • Understand how sonata form works and where it came from.

  • Analyze the early history of the piano sonata.

  • Differentiate between Baroque, Galant, and Classical styles.

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

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There are 4 modules in this course

In the first week, you'll be introduced to the course structure and to the fundamentals surrounding sonata form and the history of the genre.

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5 videos2 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

In this week, we'll learn more about the dawn of the solo keyboard sonata: its origins, influences, and some of the early composers. You'll also be introduced to various keyboard instruments of the period that influenced compositional style, including the harpsichord, clavichord, and some early pianos.

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7 videos8 readings2 quizzes1 discussion prompt

This week discusses Haydn and Mozart, emphasizing their social-cultural context, patterns in their output of keyboard sonatas, and comparing and contrasting their styles. It also introduces the Viennese and English pianos that were popular in this period.

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11 videos5 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts

For more advanced learners, an Honors Formal Analysis is available in this final week (not required for completion of the course).

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4 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

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Matthew Bengtson
University of Michigan
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