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Hours to complete

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Welcome to Class!

We’re happy that you’ve joined us for Part 2 of Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas course! This course is considered Part 2, with a brand new and separate set of lectures. In Part 2, we will cover Beethoven's Piano Sonatas Op. 2, No. 3, Op. 13 ("Pathetique"), Op. 53 ("Waldstein") and Op. 90 . Please remember that it doesn't matter if you have taken the first part of the previous Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas course. You can jump in here with Part 2 and start learning right away. And if you'd like, you always have the option of going back to take Part 1 of the original course at any time. The items you see here will enable you to get the most out of Part 2 of the course. Please note that there are previous offerings and resources as part of Part 1, and we encourage you to reference those additional items as well....
Reading
3 readings
Reading3 readings
Welcome to this next phase of class!10m
Syllabus10m
Pre-Course Survey10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Op. 2, No. 3

The course kicks off with Beethoven's Op. 2 No. 3, an exuberant work full of youth and ambition. The work was a huge statement for 26-year-old Beethoven, and in this lecture Mr. Biss examines how Beethoven starts to innovate the sonata as a musical form, even in his very first opus for the solo piano. In doing so, we'll also lay some groundwork for the next few sonatas to be covered in the course....
Reading
9 videos (Total 69 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Aiming for the Gallery3m
1st mvt: Muscularity and Humor10m
1st mvt: Athleticism as the Movement's "Glue"5m
1st mvt: Cadenza!11m
2nd mvt: The Music in the Silences7m
2nd mvt: Sonic, Harmonic, and Emotional Variety10m
3rd mvt: "Scherzo" means "Joke"!7m
4th mvt: And Yet Again, The Curlicue10m
Reading1 reading
Key Terms/Concepts: Op. 2 No. 310m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Op. 2 No. 314m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Op. 13, "Pathetique"

The course continues with Beethoven's Op. 13 Sonata, nicknamed the "Pathétique." Known for its high drama and pathos, the "Pathétique" is a gem from Beethoven's early period and is one of Beethoven's most popular piano sonatas. In this lecture, Mr. Biss uncovers how Beethoven achieves these intense characters within the context of a classical sonata....
Reading
9 videos (Total 65 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
1st mvt: The Slow Introduction as a Major Addition to Sonata Form6m
1st mvt: An Exposition in Constant Upward Motion8m
1st mvt: The Introduction's Complex, Revolutionary Role9m
1st mvt: Subverting Expectations until the Bitter End5m
2nd mvt: Beethoven at his most Sublimely Lyrical9m
2nd mvt: The Emotional Power of Structural Simplicity7m
3rd mvt: Introducing an Element of Ambiguity3m
3rd mvt: Tying the Movement to the Rest of the Work, Devastatingly10m
Reading1 reading
Key terms/concepts: Op. 13, "Pathetique"10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Op. 13, "Pathetique"14m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Op. 53, "Waldstein"

The Op. 53 Sonata, nicknamed the "Waldstein," is a monumental achievement and a cornerstone of the piano repertoire. In this lecture, Mr. Biss explains how Beethoven breaks apart conventions in harmony and form to write one of the most adventurous and thrilling compositions of his middle period. ...
Reading
15 videos (Total 97 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video15 videos
1st mvt: Establishing the Character -- Immediately7m
1st mvt: Using the Mediant -- and Changing Musical History9m
1st mvt: Orchestrating on the Piano2m
1st mvt: The Darkest of Beethoven's Developments, Part 16m
1st mvt: The Darkest of Beethoven's Developments, Part 24m
1st mvt Recapitulation: Restoring Harmonic Order7m
1st mvt Coda: Hard-Earned Triumph5m
2nd mvt Introduction: Pointing the Way to the Finale, and the Late Period8m
2nd mvt Introduction: Accentuating the Sonata's "Misterioso" Nature5m
2nd mvt. Introduction: Towards a Profound Simplicity6m
2nd mvt: At Last, Harmonic Stability8m
2nd mvt: Leaving the Reverie, and Returning4m
2nd mvt: Going Briefly Off-Script7m
2nd mvt Coda: Taking the Material to its Limit7m
Reading1 reading
Key terms/concepts: Op. 53, "Waldstein"10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Op. 53, "Waldstein"14m
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By RMOct 2nd 2018

I will be revisiting the course since many things require re-re-re-revising over and over again. The way Mr. Biss explains the sonatas is concise and yet manages to bring into words the inexplicable.

By TMApr 27th 2017

This is an outstanding course due to Mr. Biss' extensive knowledge and passion for the Beethoven sonatas. I can only dream that someday he'll conduct a course on the Beethoven piano concertos too.

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Jonathan Biss

Neubauer Family Chair in Piano Studies
Performance Faculty

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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