Arizona State University School of Music
MUP 451 Piano Literature II
Professor: Walter Cosand
Office W-254, Phone 480-965-4254
Mondays 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Room: Music W254
This is a piano literature survey course, designed to familiarize piano students with the major works of our vast piano literature and spanning the period from about 1825 through about 1925. The aim of this course is to equip the students with a clear historical and chronological understanding and appreciation of the achievements of solo piano composers and the evolution of the solo piano literature and its performance practice during this time period.
Emphasis will be placed upon aural recognition of major works, gained by listening experience. Recordings and the interpretations of great artists will be discussed. Attendance at some recitals may be required. General knowledge of historical and stylistic characteristics within this body of literature and an awareness of changing attitudes toward performance practice will also be emphasized. This course will also be Ōhands-onĶ, that is to say -- active participation is desired! Any current repertoire being studied in studio instruction, appropriate to the time frame of this course, will be most welcomed to be performed and discussed in the class.
In addition to the lectures, discussions and listening, there will be two listening quizzes in the semester as well as one 30-minute presentation by each student on a specific topic of interest pertaining to the classÕs subject. Presentations may be made, for example, on the music of Antheil, Bortkiewicz, Copland, Cowell, Dett, Grainger, Grieg, Ives, Korngold, Lyapunov, Medtner, Mompou, Ornstein, Reger, Rubinstein, Saint-sens, Satie, Shostakovitch, Slonimsky, or Szymanowski.
Hinson: Guide to the PianistÕs Repertoire
The grade will be computed as such: attendance and active class participation (30%), Listening quizzes (each 20%) and the individual 30-minute presentation (30%).
Weekly outline of the course (tentative):
Jan. 9: Introduction to Course, Hummel, Weber, Beethoven
Jan. 16 NO SCHOOL
Jan. 23 Clementi, Schubert, Czerny
Jan. 30 Mendelssohn, Schumann
Feb. 6 Field, Chopin
Feb. 13 Liszt, Franck
Feb. 20 Brahms, Balakirev, Moussorgsky
Feb. 27 Tchaikowsky, Scriabin + Listening Quiz #1
Mar. 5 Faur, Debussy, Ravel
Mar. 12 Granados, Albeniz, De Falla
Mar. 19 NO SCHOOL
Mar. 26 Rachmaninoff, Bartok
Apr. 2 Hindemith, Berg, Schoenberg
Apr. 9 Prokofiev, Stravinsky
Apr. 16 Student Presentations
Apr. 23 Student Presentations + Listening Quiz #2
Downloadable Sheet Music:
Please notice that my website offers a library of free public domain digital sheet music at: http://www.waltercosand.com/CosandScores
See me about problems with this course. I can be reached by phone or by e-mail. My office hours are posted at http://www.waltercosand.com/office-hours.html