Piano Literature

MUSC 4325

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Fall 2007

Professor Korevaar -- C196.  Phone: 303-492-6256. Email:  korevaar@colorado.edu

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


Course Description:

A two-semester survey (with MUSC 4335, Spring 2006) of music written for piano (and its stringed predecessors).  This first semester will briefly cover the period from 1600 to 1700, then deal in more depth with music from J. S. Bach to Schubert (roughly 1700 to 1828). 


Course Goal:

Students are expected to increase their knowledge of a broad range of music written for keyboard instruments. In addition, students should gain insights into basic issues of performance style, performance practice, development of the instruments, and development of important genres throughout the modern history of keyboard music.


Text (students should own this book):

F. E. Kirby. Music For Piano: A short history. Portland, Oregon: Amadeus Press, 1995.

Recommended but not required:

Maurice Hinson. Guide to the Pianist¹s Repertoire. Third Edition. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2000.


Supplementary texts (these will be on reserve for occasional extra reading assignments):

Keyboard Literature:

Alexander Silbiger, editor. Keyboard Music Before 1700.  2nd Edition: Routledge, 2004 (ML549 .K49 2004).

Robert Marshall, editor.  Eighteenth-Century Keyboard Music.  2nd Edition: Routledge, 2003 (ML705 .E37 2003).

R. Larry Todd, editor. Nineteenth-Century Piano Music.  2nd Edition: Routledge, 2004 (ML706 .N56 2004).

Performance Practice:

Harold Mayer Brown and Stanley Sadie, editors. Performance Practice: Music after 1600. New York: W. W. Norton, 1989. (ML457 .P467 1990 v.2)

Sandra P. Rosenblum. Performance Practices in Classic Music. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1988. (ML705 .R67 1988)

Other Readings:

Charles Rosen. The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven. New York: W. W. Norton, 1982 (or 1997 if available). (ML195 .R68)

Stanley Sadie, editor. The New Grove Early Keyboard Instruments. New York: W. W. Norton, 1989. (ML549 .N49 1989)





Reading and listening will be assigned for each class meeting.  In addition, short written assignments will be given three or four times in the semester.



I will give a midterm and final written exam. The midterm will be a take home exam. The final will most likely be given in the classroom on the assigned final exam day.



Each student is required to write a paper (at least ten typed [12 point], double-spaced pages) on a topic related to the subject matter of the course.  This paper may deal with analysis, performance practice, pedagogy, history, or other issues related to a specific work or group of works.  Please consult Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, sixth edition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996), for information on format.  I require that you include full citations in footnotes for all sources that you use.  Please do not use scientific-style parenthetical references! You must have my approval for your topic by October 20, and turn in a preliminary bibliography by October 27.  Papers are due on Friday, December 2.  Please do not ask for extensions.



Given the amount of material to be presented quickly, as well as the participatory nature of the class, consistent attendance is necessary.  I will allow each student two unexcused absences, after which your grade 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) may be allowed excused absences on a case-by-case basis at my discretion.



Midterm exam: 25%

Final exam: 25%

Paper: 25%

Class Participation (including short written assignments): 25%


Honor Code:  The College of Music, along with the rest of the University of Colorado, has instituted an honor code.  We will discuss what constitutes original work, what constitutes plagiarism, and what measures you need to take in your written work to properly credit sources.  More information on the honor code may be found at http://www.colorado.edu/academics/honorcode/.


If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please submit to me

a letter from Disability Services (DS) early in the semester so that your needs

may be addressed.  DS determines accommodations based on documented

disabilities (303-492-8671, Willard 322).