The Piano Sonata: Russian and 20th-21st Century Composers (Coursera)

The Piano Sonata: Russian and 20th-21st Century Composers (Coursera)
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The Piano Sonata: Russian and 20th-21st Century Composers (Coursera)
In this course, you’ll review sonata form and learn how the piano sonata was revitalized in the 20th century, with a particular attention to composers from Russia, where the sonata was an especially popular and successful genre. You’ll study some of the most influential piano sonatas of the 20th century, in both Neo-Classical and avant-garde styles. This course will also expose you to a variety of lesser-known and more recent compositions, showing how the piano sonata genre continues to expand and to thrive.

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This course was filmed at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, among other locations, to showcase the depth of the sonata repertoire and the instruments that contributed to its history.

Course 3 of 3 in the Exploring Piano Literature: The Piano Sonata Specialization


Syllabus


WEEK 1

Setting the Stage

In the first week, you'll be introduced to the course structure and to the fundamentals surrounding sonata form and the history of the genre.


WEEK 2

Russian Composers

This week looks at Russian composers, who were highly invested in the piano sonata genre in the 20th century. We will focus primarily on the works of the three major sonata composers: Scriabin, Medtner, and Prokofiev. We will also get acquainted with a number of other important Russian composers in this genre.


WEEK 3

20th and 21st Century Composers

This week looks at some of the most extraordinary piano sonatas composed after the Romantic Era (excluding Russians). We consider seven sonatas in some detail, by three French composers, two of German descent, and two born in America. The end of the course points towards the music of today by considering the extraordinary diversity of composers and works that led to it.


WEEK 4

Course Conclusion and Honors Track Formal Analysis

For more advanced learners, an Honors Formal Analysis is available in this final week (not required for completion of the course).



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