Seminar in Piano Literature: Keyboard Music of the 19th and 20th Centuries

(1830 to the present)

MUSC 5335

Professor David Korevaar

Course Calendar

Spring 2009

Tuesday/Thursday, 12:00-12:50, Room C125.


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Professor Korevaar: C196; 303-492-6256;


Course Description:

An in-depth look at selected composers and keyboard compositions since 1830. Elements of musical style, keyboard writing, favored genres, and performance practice will be included in the discussions.  Reading and listening assignments will supplement the in-class presentations by faculty and students.


Texts (Required):


R. Larry Todd, editor. Nineteenth-Century Piano Music. Second Edition. New York: Routledge, 2004.


David Burge. Twentieth-Century Piano Music. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2004.




Charles Rosen. The Romantic Generation. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1995.



Reading and listening will be assigned regularly.  Keeping up with assignments is important to making class participation and understanding as meaningful as possible, and will be taken into consideration in determining final grades.


Presentations and paper:

Each student will present two topics in class, one dealing with the period up to 1900, and one about a composer 1970-present.  Topics for the first presentation may include, but are not limited to: surveys of composer works, surveys of specific genres in a period, studies of performance practice appropriate to specific composers/styles/periods, analyses of important works, etc. Topics will be presented orally with appropriate musical examples (either performed live or recorded), and must include either an outline with detailed notes or a script, and a full bibliography to be turned in. The talk will be limited to 20 carefully prepared minutes, with a five-minute question period. Students will be expected to practice and time their presentations to conform to these guidelines. One of the two topics must be worked up into a term paper of 10 to 15 pages, due at the end of the semester, with footnotes (full citations) and examples as necessary.



A take-home midterm and an in-class final will constitute 40% of your final grade.



Given the amount of material to be presented quickly, as well as the participatory nature of the class, consistent attendance is necessary. Each student is allowed two unexcused absences, after which grades may be lowered one degree (e. g., ³A² to ³A-minus²) for each subsequent absence, excused or unexcused.  Students in good standing (one or zero unexcused absences and up-to-date on all assignments) will be allowed excused absences on a case-by-case basis only, at the discretion of the professor.



Midterm and final: 40%

Presentations: 30%
Paper: 20%

Class participation and notes: 10%


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