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Welcome to Part 3 of Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas! I'm delighted to launch another set of new lectures of this course as Part 3. As before, this class is meant for people of all levels of experience with Beethoven's music (including no experience at all!). Remember that you are able to watch the lectures as many times as you like, at whatever pace is comfortable for you. As I’ve done with the first two sets of Beethoven lectures, I look forward to meeting with students—online and in person, in various cities. The dates and locations will be posted in the Announcements and Events section, as part of the course content. So please remember to check back there for details. In these four new lectures, we will explore the following sonatas: • Sonata Op. 10, No. 1 • Sonata Op. 22 • Sonata Op. 31, No. 2 • Sonata Opp. 78, 79, 81a The Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation supports Curtis’s lifelong learning initiatives....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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welcome to class

We are glad that you have joined us for Part 3 of Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas course, taught by Curtis faculty member and extraordinary concert artist, Jonathan Biss! This course is considered Part 3, with new and separate sets of lectures. Specifically, in Part 3 we will cover Beethoven's Piano Sonatas Op. 10, No. 1, Op. 22, Op. 31, No. 2 and Opp. 78, 79 and 81a. As with the other two Beethoven courses, it is not necessary to have taken the previous Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas courses. We know you will be perfectly comfortable to start learning with Part 3, if you wish and go from here. There is always the option to go back to Parts 1 and 2 at any time. Between these two courses, there exists a large amount of additional resources and learning that might be helpful as you embark on Part 3. We certainly encourage you to take Parts 1 and 2, if you have not just yet. In the meantime, enjoy the class: Part 3 of Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas....
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Welcome!10m
Syllabus10m
Getting to Know You10m
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Op. 10 No. 1

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11 videos (Total 63 min), 1 quiz
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Opus 10 number 1: Extremes of Tempo and Character1m
1st Movement: Pulse as a Source of Character9m
1st Movement: High Drama within the Conventions of the Time2m
1st Movement: A Development with New Material4m
1st Movement: Hammer Blows in c minor4m
2nd Movement: An Adagio Oasis9m
2nd Movement: A Coda that Expands the Movement’s Scope8m
3rd Movement: Prestissimo!5m
3rd Movement: Short-Short-Short-LONG3m
3rd Movement: Beginning with Defiance; Ending with Mystery7m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Final Quiz – Op. 10, No. 128m
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Op. 22

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7 videos (Total 54 min), 1 quiz
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1st Movement: Wit and Athleticism7m
1st Movement: Playing by the Rules8m
2nd Movement: An Aria on the Piano7m
2nd Movement: Effortless Mastery6m
3rd Movement: A Rhythmic Link to the Rest of the Work5m
4th Movement: A Grazioso Goodbye to the Earliest Period12m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Final Quiz – Op. 2230m
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op. 31 no. 2

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1st Movement: A Recitative hat is not a Recitative; An Introduction that is not an Introduction7m
1st Movement: A Confrontation of Opposites7m
1st Movement: The Structural Lines Grow Blurrier7m
1st Movement: And Finally, the Recitative!10m
2nd Movement: Harmonic and Emotional Stability at Las3m
2nd Movement: Evoking Voices and Instruments7m
2nd Movement: Exploring the Piano’s Extreme Registers3m
3rd Movement: A Slow-Moving Perpetual Motion9m
3rd Movement: Anxiety and Ambuguity8m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Final Quiz – Op. 31, No. 230m

Instructor

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 for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. Innovative programs encourage students to invent 21st-century musical careers through unique "learn by doing" opportunities and over 150 performances per year in Philadelphia and around the globe. One of the world’s leading conservatories, Curtis provides its 165 students with personalized attention from a celebrated faculty and has produced an impressive number of notable artists since its founding in 1924. ...

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