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Performing Mozart: Understanding His Language and the Role of Creativity in Interpretation

[Robert Levin]

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730-815pm EST

Q&A until 8:30pm

The course will focus on details of Mozart’s notation and its meaning in performance, the sources of characterization in his music, and the idiomatic performance of repeated sections with reference to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Sonatas with varied reprises.

"Can We Change the Score?" Some Dilemmas in the Beethoven Piano Sonatas

[Peter Takács]

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730-815pm EST

Q&A until 8:30pm

Of course the score is to be treated with the utmost respect, even reverence--it's the composer's message to us about how the music should sound. However, there are always questions, ambiguities, and mysteries that require us to look carefully at the small print in search for clues and solutions. We will look at several such cases in the 32 Beethoven sonatas, with some possible answers, or not!

The Piano Music of Haydn: A Treasure of Inexhaustible Imagination and Wit

[Jeffrey Swann]

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730-815pm EST

Q&A until 8:30pm

  In his more than 60 Sonatas and other works for piano, Haydn demonstrates his amazing creativity and originality.  He never repeats himself, and every work shows his special genius for the unexpected .  At the same time, the works are full of an expressive and warm humanity and wonderful humor.  We will examine 4 of his Sonatas and explore how this underplayed and under-appreciated master, although not himself a virtuoso pianist, offers unique opportunities to every pianist and teacher.

Schubert: The Ultimate Song and Dance Man

[Victor Rosenbaum]

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730-815pm EST

Q&A until 8:30pm

Schubert, who composed more than 600 songs, is justly known as a great melody writer. But

his music is just as full of lilting and charming (and sometimes driving) dance rhythms. Furthermore, it his harmonies that are amazing and touching — in the way he slips, almost magically, into an unexpected key or surprising chord. We will explore all these aspects of the incredible Franz Peter Schubert.. Will show examples from the sonatas, and impromptus, and other short pieces”.