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Hours to complete

Approx. 19 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, French...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
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3 hours to complete

The World of the String Quartet

Welcome to the World of the String Quartet, where you will hear the extraordinary stories behind great repertoire, discover renowned performers' experiences, and develop keen insight as a listener. This first program samples stunning repertoire from some of the most significant composers: Ravel, Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, and Dvořák. What power can four instruments hold?...
Reading
11 videos (Total 65 min), 10 readings, 2 quizzes
Video11 videos
A Musical Revolution3m
String Quartet History6m
Introducing the Aizuri Quartet4m
Aizuri Demonstration: Beethoven Op. 18, No. 18m
SCHUBERT "Rosamunde" Quartet, First Movement8m
TCHAIKOVSKY Quartet No.1, Slow Movement8m
DVORAK "American" Quartet, Scherzo Movement5m
BEETHOVEN "Razumovsky" Quartet, Op. 59, No. 3, Finale12m
The Power Of The String Quartet1m
With No Strings Attached: Question #11m
Reading10 readings
Syllabus10m
Meet the Class10m
The Meaning of Four10m
A Quartet Sampler10m
Performance: BEETHOVEN Op. 59, No. 310m
Listening List10m
3 Short Questions10m
I Know the Answer (I Think) to With No Strings10m
Explore More10m
Program 1 Transcripts10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Quiz 1-110m
Quiz 1-210m
Week
2
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3 hours to complete

The Founders: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven

We begin exploring string quartets during the Classical Era, when balanced structure emphasized variety, contrast, and drama. Discover the starting point of four democratic and personal string voices—and, before long, its development—with Haydn (Op. 33, No. 2, "The Joke"), Mozart (K. 465, "Dissonance"), and Beethoven (Op. 18, No. 1; Op. 130; and Op. 131). There was a dramatic change in performance from Beethoven's time to our own era. How did that happen?...
Reading
12 videos (Total 73 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
Video12 videos
Learning Library7m
The Four-Movement Quartet5m
Haydn's Joke6m
Mozart's "Wrong" Notes8m
Romeo, Juliet, and Beethoven7m
Six Mesmerizing Movements7m
Nuts and Bolts: First Movement--Beethoven, Op. 1307m
Aizuri Demonstration: Beethoven, Op. 130, Movt. 19m
Nuts and Bolts: First Movement--Beethoven, Op. 1314m
Schuppanzigh to the Guarneri Quartet6m
With No Strings Attached: Question #21m
Reading6 readings
Glossary10m
Performance: Beethoven, Op. 13010m
Performance: Beethoven, Op. 13110m
I Know the Answer (I Think) to With No Strings10m
String Quartet Guide10m
Program 2 Transcripts10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Quiz 2-110m
Quiz 2-210m
Week
3
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3 hours to complete

The Humanists: Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Brahms

Personal expression infused Romantic Era compositions, including the string quartets of Schubert (D. 810, "Death and the Maiden"), Mendelssohn (Op. 13 and Op. 80), Schumann (Op. 41, No. 3), and Brahms (Op. 51, No. 1). Yet in the generation after Beethoven's towering genius, composers wrote fewer quartets. Why? And where did the followers of Beethoven take the quartet next? ...
Reading
15 videos (Total 76 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
Video15 videos
Death and Schubert7m
Nuts and Bolts: Slow Movement--Schubert, "Death and the Maiden"9m
Aizuri Demonstration: 2nd Movt. Cello Variation5m
Op. 13, an Homage to Beethoven3m
Is It True?2m
A Youthful, Masterful Quartet6m
Aizuri Demonstration: Telling Op. 80's Story8m
Schumann's Birthday Gift To Clara5m
Schumann's Lofty Standards2m
Brahms, Patient and Persevering3m
Upholding Tradition4m
Conversation: Fewer Quartets10m
Joachim to the Busch String Quartet3m
With No Strings Attached: Question #31m
Reading5 readings
Glossary10m
Performance: Schubert, "Death and the Maiden" Quartet10m
I Know the Answer (I Think) to With No Strings10m
String Quartet Guide10m
Program 3 Transcripts10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Quiz 3-110m
Quiz 3-28m
Quiz 3-310m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

The Internationalists, Part 1: Smetana, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, and Bartok

Beyond German-speaking countries, composers adapted the string quartet to their own cultures—some more so than others. National traits, as well as personal stories, emerge in the heartfelt works of Smetana ("From My Life"), Dvořák (Op. 105), Tchaikovsky (Op. 22), Borodin (No. 2), and Bartók (No. 5). How does this very individual music convey its national identity?...
Reading
10 videos (Total 69 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
Conversation: National Identity and Music7m
A Tone Picture of Smetana's Life10m
Absolutely Dvorak12m
Tchaikovsky's Melancholy Tale7m
In The Gardens of St. Petersburg with Borodin7m
The Borodin and Kolisch Quartets8m
Nuts and Bolts: Scherzo Movement--Bartok, Quartet No. 56m
Aizuri Demonstration: Quartet No. 55m
With No Strings Attached: Question #41m
Reading6 readings
Glossary10m
Bonus--Aizuri Demonstration: Quartet No. 610m
Performance: Bartok, Quartet No. 510m
I Know the Answer (I Think) to With No Strings10m
String Quartet Guide10m
Program 4 Transcripts10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Quiz 4-110m
Quiz 4-210m

Instructors

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Arnold Steinhardt

Performance Faculty
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Dr. Mia Chung

Instructor of Interpretive Analysis
Musical Studies

About Curtis Institute of Music

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. Innovative programs encourage students to invent 21st-century musical careers through unique "learn by doing" opportunities and over 150 performances per year in Philadelphia and around the globe. One of the world’s leading conservatories, Curtis provides its 165 students with personalized attention from a celebrated faculty and has produced an impressive number of notable artists since its founding in 1924. ...

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