Sep 22, 2018  
Evening Division Fall 2017 
Evening Division Fall 2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EVDOL 022 — The Life and Works of Frederic Chopin

Kendall Briggs
Often referred to as the poet of the piano, Chopin is perhaps the most revered of all composers for the instrument. As a pianist he was self-taught and thus he created a unique and highly original piano technique that focused on the individual role of each finger as well as on how to create special tone-colors on the piano. Yet, Chopin also composed 19 songs and chamber works. This course examines Chopin’s life and   works and covers his most popular as well as some rarely heard compositions. We discuss the influence of other composers’ works on Chopin as well as his   personal life including his associations with other artists and contemporaries. Documents such as letters, journals, reviews, and piano methods of the day highlight the vibrant and often controversial events which surrounded Chopin’s life. This is a yearlong course; students may enter in either semester. The ability to read music and follow scores is highly recommended.

13 weeks per semester 
Monday 5:30 – 7pm
September 18 – December 11

$555 per semester 


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