Name of Course: Piano repertoire after 1945
Semester II, 2017
2 hour weekly course
The course will be held in English.
Name of Lecturer: Dr. Tali Morgulis
By appointment only
Attendance of all classes. Participation in the Final Recital.
The course is designed for Undergraduate and Graduate level piano performance majors. Non-piano majors with advanced piano skills may audition prior to the first class by contacting Dr. Morgulis via e-mail.
Description of course
The objective of this course is to become familiar with and perform piano solo works written after 1945 that became an integral part of pianists’ concert repertoire. The course will consist of two components: a. performance practice and b. historical context
a. Each participant will choose a selection from the suggested list of works (to include compositions by Messiaen, Ligeti, Corigliano, Crumb, and Takemitsu among others). He/she will play in class 2-3 times during the semester and receive detailed feedback from the instructor and the participants. All participants will perform their chosen selections in the final recital.
b. Participants will learn about important composers, compositional techniques and expanding possibilities of piano playing through lectures, reading, and listening.
מטרת הקורס היא להכיר ולבצע יצירות לפסנתר סולו שנכתבו אחרי שנת 1945 והפכו לחלק אינטגרלי בספרות הפסנתר. לקורס יהיו שני מרכיבים: אמנות הבצוע וקונטקסט היסטורי.
Inspired by nature: “Rain-Tree Sketches” by Takemitsu and “Catalogue des Oiseax” by Messiaen
Rooted in traditional forms: Sonatas by Ginastera and Gubaidulina, Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich
New- found virtuosity: Etudes by Ligeti and Bolcom, Etude-Fantasy by Corigliano
Expanding the possibilities of the piano: extended techniques used by Crumb in his “Makrokoskmos”
Weekly participation in performances and discussions - 40%
Performance in the Final Recital - 40%
Two listening quizzes - 20%
Burge, David. Twentieth Century Piano Music. New York: Schirmer Books, 1990
Watkins, Glen. Soundings: Music in the Twentieth Century. New York: Schirmer Books, 1988.
Wright, Lesley A. and McCarrey, Scott. Perspectives on the Performance of French Piano Music. Routledge, 2016
Griffiths, Paul. Modern Music and After. Oxford University Press, 2014
Floros, Constantin. New ears for new music. Peter Lang LG, 2014
Additional articles, scores and recordings as assigned throughout the course