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Explore eight important works from different eras and genres of Western classical-music repertoire, through performances recorded at Curtis and discussion of each work’s historical context, composer, musical significance, and compositional design.
The first week offers an historical overview as a starting point. The remaining six weeks examine specific repertoire, with recordings of performances by Curtis students and alumni provided online. Lecture videos explore the era, the composer, and the piece, from both music history and compositional design perspectives.
Week 1: A Brief History of Notation
Week 2: J. S. BACH, Chaconne
Week 3: HAYDN, String Quartet in C major, Hob. III:32, and MOZART, String Quartet in B-flat major, K. 589
Week 4: BEETHOVEN, Grosse Fuge in B-flat major, Op. 133
Week 5: BRAHMS, Two Songs, Op. 91, and Trio in E-flat major, Op. 40
Week 6: SCHOENBERG, Pierrot lunaire
Week 7: GEORGE CRUMB, Voice of the Whale
- David Ludwig - Performance Faculty
- Jonathan Coopersmith - Musical Studies
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