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Approx. 19 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...

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Subtitles: English, French

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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?...
11 videos (Total 65 min), 10 readings, 2 quizzes
11 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
10 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
2 practice exercises
Quiz 1-110m
Quiz 1-210m
Week
2
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?...
12 videos (Total 73 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
12 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
6 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
2 practice exercises
Quiz 2-110m
Quiz 2-210m
Week
3
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? ...
15 videos (Total 76 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
15 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
5 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
3 practice exercises
Quiz 3-110m
Quiz 3-28m
Quiz 3-310m
Week
4
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?...
10 videos (Total 69 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
10 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
6 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
2 practice exercises
Quiz 4-110m
Quiz 4-210m
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By BKOct 5th 2015

This course was incredibly interesting and greatly informative! I am an amateur violinist and loved the historical information about the composers and the demonstrations by the Aizuri Quartet.

By TVNov 3rd 2015

This is a great course. The professors are wonderful and they clearly have a tremendous love (which they pass on to their pupils) of the subject matter. Week six blew my mind.

Instructors

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Arnold Steinhardt

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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 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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