Exploring Piano Literature: The Piano Sonata Specialization

In this 3-course specialization, learners will analyze important passages and components of the piano sonata repertoire, while gaining a solid knowledge of the sonata’s inner workings and a better sense of historical developments in the genre. Across the series, learners will dive into compositions by Scarlatti, CPE Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, Medtner, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and others.
These courses were 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.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- Identify specific historical time periods in which the popularity of sonatas increases or decreases and the reasons behind these trends.
- Identify sonata form
- Recognize the most influential pieces in the sonata repertoire.

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

Sep 20th 2021
The Piano Sonata: Russian and 20th-21st Century Composers (Coursera)
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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 [...]
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The Piano Sonata: Origins to Mozart (Coursera)

Sep 20th 2021
The Piano Sonata: Origins to Mozart (Coursera)
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In this course, you’ll be introduced to sonata form; how it works, where it came from, and how sonatas are put together as multi-movement compositions. We will analyze the early history of the piano sonata and discover the important early masters of this style (Scarlatti, CPE Bach, Haydn, and [...]
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The Piano Sonata: Beethoven and the Romantics (Coursera)

Sep 20th 2021
The Piano Sonata: Beethoven and the Romantics (Coursera)
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In this course, learners will review sonata form and learn how the piano sonata was taken to new heights by Ludwig van Beethoven. We’ll discover together how the generation that followed interpreted Beethoven’s achievements and put them into practice in their own unique ways. From there, we will explore [...]
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