Piano masterclass

Course Dates: 16/07/19 - 18/07/19
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Maria Razumovskaya

Approach core piano repertoire through the prism of the Russian piano tradition, gaining insight into its principles of rubato, 'sound', chord techniques, pedalling, and the 'artistic image' of a piece. Tutor: [external website].


What is the course about?

This course allows advanced piano students to look at approaches to the core piano repertoire through the prism of ideas from the famous Russian Piano Tradition and offer an insight into many of its key principles.
The course is based on the teachings and playing of Heinrich Neuhaus (whose most famous students include Emil Gilels, Sviatoslav Richter, Lev Naumov and Alexei Lubimov), and that of his older colleague Alexander Goldenweiser (whose students included Tatyana Nikolaeva, Lazar Berman and Dmitri Bashkirov).

What will we cover?

- formation of an ‘artistic image’ of the piece
- ‘intonation’ of rubato
- attitudes to sound / tone colour
- chord techniques
- pedalling.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- deepen your awareness and appreciation of the scope of the Russian piano tradition
- transfer practical ideas from the tradition into your own practice and performance.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for pianists at Grade 6 level and above. You will need to have prepared a work or short pieces by J.S. Bach, Beethoven or Romantic composers such as Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Grieg or Rachmaninov.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This course is taught masterclass-style, with a maximum of 12 students in the class. Each student will perform their prepared repertoire and receive detailed critique from the tutor, working to refine details of technique and interpretation.
All students will be invited to comment on each others' performances and to discuss the musical and technical issues raised by the repertoire studied.
It is expected that you will practise between sessions, to work on the points raised in class to achieve a more refined performance. The tutor may suggest additional listening, reading or score study to enhance your learning.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a spare hard copy of your prepared repertoire.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City lit offers several options for advanced pianists: Piano repertoire and Piano: advanced workshop in September as well as a special Piano masterclass with a visitng professor in December.
NB: multiple dates are available for Repertoire and Advanced course, so please check all options carefully before you book.

You may also be interested in Chamber music, Music theory, Composition techniques, Studies in counterpoint, or one of our wide range of music appreciation courses.

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


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A very worthwhile experience
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Course Code: ME263D

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Finished Tue+Thu, eve, 16 Jul - 18 Jul '19

Duration: 2 sessions

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £99.00
Concession: £60.00

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