The Piano Concerto: Diverse Stylistic Approaches, Diverse Approa

OSH 986 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course Description: The hundreds of piano concertos composed from the late 18th into the 20th centuries attest to the central socio-musical role of the piano during the period.  Select piano concertos by leading composers, performed by renowned pianists, will highlight the fascinating “story” of this genre.


Week 1     

Introduction: the rise of the piano as a leading solo instrument.  Mozart’s pivotal role in the evolvement of the piano concerto.  Select movements from his highly diverse and imaginative concertos.

Week 2

Beethoven’s Piano Concertos : from the heroic to the contemplative.

Week 3

The 19th-century traveling virtuoso pianists. Excerpts from the brilliant style in piano concertos by Liszt and contemporaries in the 1830s and 1840s.

Week 4

Select movements from piano concertos by Chopin, Schumann and Brahms.

Week 5

The late Romantic piano concertos by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and Scriabin.

Week 6 

The transformative approach to the piano in the 20th century: examples from piano concertos by e.g., Stravinsky, Bartok, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.


Instructor: Dr. Judith Etzion 

This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
These courses and programs are available at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Membership is required. Our classes take place in Lau Founders Hall, 1550 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33146 unless otherwise noted below.

OLLI 2019-2020 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
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Starts: 8/1/2019 Ends: 7/31/2020