Topics in Piano Performance explores many dimensions of piano performance, and focuses on different special topics each semester, made explicit by a decimalization of the course number, and the special topic designation as part of the course title. In addition to focusing on study of repertoire in a masterclass format, potential topics include performance practice associated with different eras in music, exploration of particular genres, issues surrounding public performance and memorization, improvisation in different styles, composition for the piano, sight-reading and score reading, collaborative piano, performance techniques for 20th and 21st century music, and jazz. Exact topics will vary each semester depending on student needs and interest. The class may be taken up to 4 times for credit.
The class is open to all piano majors, and to non-majors by audition. Class topics culminate in a Final Performance Project in Lang Hall, usually focusing on works of a particular composer and/or genre. Some examples from past and future semesters include Scriabin’s Preludes and Etudes, Shostakovich Preludes & Fugues, Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words, Bartók’s Mikrokosmos (Vols. 4-6), Debussy’s Preludes, Schubert’s Winterreise (the entire song cycle, with each pianist performing 1-2 songs, accompanying M.A. Voice Majors) and Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano.
Auditions for non-piano majors are held just prior to and throughout the registration periods preceding the semester in which the class is offered. Students should be prepared to play at least one work, or substantial movement of a work. For more information, please contact Prof. .
Course Codes for Registration
FALL 2013: Improvisation & Composition for Classical Pianists
Undergraduate Students: MUSPF 365.01-Section 001 - 1cr 2hrs
Prereq: audition and permission of the instructor. No Auditors.
Graduate Students: MUS 717.01-Section 001 - 1cr 2 hrs
Graduate Adviser's permission required.