What is the course about?
This course provides an introduction to keyboard instruments from the eras of Bach to Brahms, their repertoire and the composers who wrote for them. The main focus is on piano repertoire but this course will also include works written for harpsichord, fortepiano and church organ.
What will we cover?
- Biographical outlines of key composers and instrument makers
- The main features and design of keyboard instruments
- How and why English and Continental expectations of music-making and composition produced distinctive schools of thought
- Historical context and chronological development of musical forms and styles
- Case studies covering a wide range of repertoire for keyboard instruments.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of the chronology of key compositions
- Enjoy an enhanced understanding of this repertoire based on a deeper knowledge of musical structure and historical context.
- Demonstrate a deep understanding of several key works of the piano repertoire and feel empowered to use this knowledge as a template to explore more repertoire in future
- Access musical scores and reliable historical information from online resources.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in listening to piano or keyboard music and who wishes to find out more about the history of performing this repertoire. We will look at various scores and historical documents during this course but you do not need to read music notation to participate in these activities. All texts will be in English, or accompanied by an English translation. If you have internet access at home, you can access further course materials online though the Moodle site once you have enrolled.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor presentation and explanation, including handouts
Guided listening and watching of audio and audio-visual examples
Class discussion and debate
Listening and reading outside class is encouraged and once enrolled futher online resources will be available via Moodle.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a notebook and pen.
You may wish to buy some of the music or books recommended in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
To find out more about music history classes and to read our year-long selection of courses, please see the blog post Music history: your guide to the 2019/20 programme which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details