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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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1 hour to complete

Welcome to Class!

We are glad that you have joined us for Part 4 of Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas course, taught by Curtis faculty member and extraordinary concert artist, Jonathan Biss! This course is considered Part 4, with new and separate sets of lectures. Specifically, in Part 4, we will cover Beethoven's Piano Sonatas Op. 2, No. 2, Op. 10, No. 3, Op. 28 and Op. 110. As with the other three Beethoven courses, it is not necessary to have taken the previous Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas courses. We think you will be perfectly comfortable to start learning with Part 4, if you wish and go from here. There is always the option to go back to earlier parts at any time. Between these courses, there exists a large amount of additional resources and learning that might be helpful as you embark on Part 4. We certainly encourage you to take Parts 1, 2 and 3, if you have not yet. In the meantime, enjoy the class and Part 4 of Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas....
Reading
3 readings
Reading3 readings
Welcome to Part 4 of Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas!10m
Syllabus10m
Getting to Know You10m
Week
2
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1 hour to complete

Op. 2, No. 2

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Reading
9 videos (Total 56 min), 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Haydn and Beethoven: Mixing the Sacred and the Profane4m
1st Movement: Wit and Graciousness6m
1st Movement: An Unexpected Emotional Range4m
1st Movement: Harmonic Adventures in the Service of Character5m
2nd Movement: Piety…6m
2nd Movement: …and Intensity7m
3rd Movement: Between Minuet and Scherzo4m
4th Movement: “Grazioso” but on a Grand Scale9m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Final Quiz – Op. 2 No. 2 Quiz
Week
3
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1 hour to complete

Op. 10, No. 3

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Reading
10 videos (Total 77 min), 1 quiz
Video10 videos
1st Movement: Rhythmic Displacement and Inconclusive “Endings”12m
1st Movement: Complexity and Rhythmic Trickery8m
2nd Movement: Beethoven’s First Great Tragic Slow Movement4m
2nd Movement: Breadth and Lamentation7m
2nd Movement: Intensity and Melodrama5m
2nd Movement: Anticipating the “Ghost” Trio9m
3rd Movement: After the Storm, a Gentle Menuet7m
4th Movement: A Finale of Ambivalence and Mystery6m
4th Movement: Avoiding the Straightforward, and Anticipating the Future11m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Final Quiz – Op. 10, No. 3
Week
4
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Op. 28

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Reading
7 videos (Total 59 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
1st Movement: Using Rhythm and Harmony to Create a Cyclical Quality11m
1st Movement: A Development of Sudden Drama9m
2nd Movement: A Stoic Nature and Orchestral Scoring5m
2nd Movement: Emotional Power without Histrionics9m
3rd Movement: A Laconic Scherzo with Sly Humor8m
4th Movement: A Cyclical Rondo to Cap a Cyclical Sonata12m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Final Quiz – Op. 28 Quiz

Instructor

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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 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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