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#2133706 - 08/16/13 05:20 AM Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
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I came across this free online course the other day. I've searched the forums and there are posts in Pianist Corner related to it and a thread in non-classical re the Improvisation course, but none popped up for beginners so I thought I would repeat it here. Performance wise they are beyond me, I'm just about to start Clementi Sonatinas, but I've signed up.

https://www.coursera.org/course/beethovensonatas




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#2133707 - 08/16/13 05:29 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I signed up too, some time ago. Hey, it's free!

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#2133711 - 08/16/13 05:53 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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#2133736 - 08/16/13 07:54 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I signed up too weeks ago!
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#2133738 - 08/16/13 07:57 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I signed up too! Looking forward to it.
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#2133740 - 08/16/13 07:59 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Yup, I signed up a few weeks back too. Should be interesting!
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#2133850 - 08/16/13 01:21 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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There's also another upcoming Coursera course, coming up in January,

Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Music Composition

https://www.coursera.org/course/classicalcomp

which I'm looking forward to in addition to the Beethoven course.
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#2133873 - 08/16/13 02:02 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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How do these work exactly? Are the lectures an audio file that is available online at a certain date? Can you listen to them at any time? Or do you have to tune in at a very specific time for each lecture and if you miss it too bad for you?

I'm just starting work on Beethoven so would really like to take this. I just need to know more about it.
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#2133915 - 08/16/13 03:40 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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dynamobt, this page of Coursera Help may answer your questions. The answer to "Do I need to watch the lectures live?" is:
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No! All video lectures for your course will be pre-recorded, and you can watch them at your convenience. ​However, our classes tend to be structured with regular deadlines, so you should expect to watch the lectures and do the homeworks on a regular basis.

Your instructor will usually release videos on a weekly basis (for example, all videos for the coming week might be released on the course site each Sunday). Most of our courses have about 2 hours of video lectures per week, broken into 8-15 minute chunks. You can access videos for the current week, and all past weeks, by clicking the "Videos" link the left-hand navigation bar on any of your course pages.


Originally Posted By: dynamobt
I'm just starting work on Beethoven so would really like to take this.

I think they're worthwhile for everyone as general music education, whether one is starting to play Beethoven or not.
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#2133929 - 08/16/13 04:03 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I didn't see that "help" link at the bottom of the page. Now that I've gone looking, I see answers to lots of questions. Signed up and am ready to go!! Thanks for sharing the link to these courses!
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#2133979 - 08/16/13 06:03 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: carlos88]
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Originally Posted By: carlos88
There's also another upcoming Coursera course, coming up in January,

Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Music Composition

https://www.coursera.org/course/classicalcomp

which I'm looking forward to in addition to the Beethoven course.


Hmmmm very interesting...now I am wondering do you have to be able to sight read to do this course or not?
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#2135183 - 08/19/13 05:05 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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It's been years since I took any formal course of education so I felt a bit of trepidation when I hit the join button. I find writing quite difficult, my brain seems to 'freeze', words escape me and I am certainly slower in grasping new concepts. {I think it's age!}. However, if I can't manage it or get on with it I like that I can fade away with no questions asked. I've enrolled on another non-music related course that begins this week.

Edward it's seems a little ambiguous but, based on the statment that having studied an instrument is not a requirement, I think not. smile

Hope to see those who have joined in the course forum.

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#2135287 - 08/19/13 10:36 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Sundew, I believe EdwardianPiano was asking about the Composition course, not the Beethoven Sonatas course. I agree that the Sonatas course probably does not expect you to know how to read music. The Composition course is a different story.

The Composition course expects the student to have had a basic introduction to music theory: to be familiar with keys, intervals, chords, and Roman numeral analysis. The preview video for the course shows notation. The question is perhaps how much this can be worked around, or how much facility EdwardianPiano can gain with these concepts and skills in advance, or is willing to learn on the fly during the course.

EdwardianPiano, since the course is free and there's no obligation, you might like to sign up and give it a try.
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#2135425 - 08/19/13 01:34 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Apologies for the mistake , thanks for pointing it out smile

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#2135847 - 08/20/13 09:28 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I received more details about the Beethoven course via email yesterday:
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Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas begins on Tuesday, September 3. You will receive an e-mail that day with a link to the class on Coursera.org, where you will be able to watch the first week's lecture videos (about one hour, total) and participate in forum discussions.

The compositions that you will explore with instructor Jonathan Biss include:
• Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major, Op. 7
• Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10, No. 1
• Sonata No. 12 in A-flat major, Op. 26
• Sonata No. 13 in E-flat major, Op. 27, No. 1 (“Sonata quasi una fantasia”)
• Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (“Moonlight”)
• Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 (“Pastoral”)
• Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78
• Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a (“Les adieux”)
• Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
• Fantasy, Op. 77

The course will include assignments on weeks two, four, and five. These are peer-graded, providing you an opportunity to learn even more as you evaluate each other's work.
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#2137719 - 08/23/13 12:44 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: PianoStudent88]
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Originally Posted By: PianoStudent88

The Composition course expects the student to have had a basic introduction to music theory: to be familiar with keys, intervals, chords, and Roman numeral analysis. The preview video for the course shows notation. The question is perhaps how much this can be worked around, or how much facility EdwardianPiano can gain with these concepts and skills in advance, or is willing to learn on the fly during the course.

EdwardianPiano, since the course is free and there's no obligation, you might like to sign up and give it a try.


Well I know some of the above on a beginner's level- but as it is free and doesn't start til January and I plan to start the pianoforall course in September I hopefully will be at a level to manage it.
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#2137722 - 08/23/13 12:48 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Beethoven is not long off! Are you all listening to the sonatas already? I have a Barenboim boxed set of the sonatas. I will be listening to the sonatas a lot to be familiar with them.
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#2137751 - 08/23/13 01:37 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: EdwardianPiano]
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Originally Posted By: EdwardianPiano
Beethoven is not long off! Are you all listening to the sonatas already? I have a Barenboim boxed set of the sonatas. I will be listening to the sonatas a lot to be familiar with them.

Barenboim's Beethoven Sonata performances my favorite, he's an exceptional musician and performer. Also, don't miss the Master Classes with Barenboim and Jonathan Bliss. This might give an insight into where the class may be headed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeJoyCn6cGc

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#2137772 - 08/23/13 02:09 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I've started listening to all the sonatas.

I'm beginning with a selection of sonatas recorded on fortepiano by Paul Komen. He hasn't recorded all of them, but I'm hopeful that more will be forthcoming.

I'm waiting for a complete set recorded on piano by Jean-Bernard Pommier to arrive, and then I'll listen to those. I'm interested to hear the differences between fortepiano and piano.

I could see myself becoming an obsessive collector of Beethoven sonata sets.
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#2137787 - 08/23/13 02:32 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I just found this too and started listening to the lectures on the Sonatas that will be covered in the course:

http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/schiffbeethovenlecturerecitals

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#2137803 - 08/23/13 02:54 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I'm listening to Barenboim too!
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#2137878 - 08/23/13 05:21 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I've started a new thread for the Coursera course Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Music Composition.
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#2137884 - 08/23/13 05:38 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Valencia]
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Originally Posted By: Valencia
I just found this too and started listening to the lectures on the Sonatas that will be covered in the course:

http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/schiffbeethovenlecturerecitals



Oh thanks for that! I work funny shifts and at the mo never know from one day to the next when or where I'll be working or going ( or not...) so when I can make a start listening to these at the weekend.
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#2137887 - 08/23/13 05:40 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: sinophilia]
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Originally Posted By: sinophilia
I'm listening to Barenboim too!


I have a boxed set my friend gave me as a gift- the complete sonatas- haven't even heard them all yet! The Master wrote a LOT of sonatas.
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#2137957 - 08/23/13 08:32 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Just signed up for this course as well and I am so excited! I took a music appreciation course in college and it really is what made me get back into classical music and I'm hoping this class has a similar effect. Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention!

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#2137974 - 08/23/13 09:36 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I'd better start listening.
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#2138391 - 08/24/13 04:19 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Valencia]
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Originally Posted By: Valencia
I just found this too and started listening to the lectures on the Sonatas that will be covered in the course:

http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/schiffbeethovenlecturerecitals


Valencia, thank you for posting this link. These Andras Schiff lectures are an absolutely amazing resource and a great addition for those taking the Curtis Institute course. I encourage everyone to give these a listen. If you only listen to one, try No.12 Op.26 in Ab (No.14 in Schiff's numbering) as Schiff offers incredible insight that really shed new light on this Sonata for me. It will be very interesting to compare Jonathan Biss's interpretation.

Much appreciated,

Greg


Edited by synergy543 (08/24/13 05:11 PM)

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#2138395 - 08/24/13 04:30 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: synergy543]
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EdwardianPiano and Greg, glad the link is helpful. smile

I'm a little confused about the numbering on that site. For example it lists the Moonlight Sonata as 16, whereas in this book I have it's listed as 14.

When you say listen to 12, do you mean the one in G major, Op.14 no.2?

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#2138407 - 08/24/13 05:01 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Valencia]
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Originally Posted By: Valencia
EdwardianPiano and Greg, glad the link is helpful. smile

I'm a little confused about the numbering on that site. For example it lists the Moonlight Sonata as 16, whereas in this book I have it's listed as 14.

When you say listen to 12, do you mean the one in G major, Op.14 no.2?

Yes, I noticed that numbering conflict but didn't pay much attention. If anyone knows why the numbers are different maybe they could explain.

I went by the Opus number and should have mentioned that. I was referring to Schiff's No.14 (hmm? go figure....which in the Jonathan Biss course is No.12...hmm) - Op.26 in Ab ("The Funeral March") with its unconventional variation form. Schiff's comments and analysis (despite his somewhat subdued nature) are extremely interesting (at least to me). The best 30 minutes I've spent in a while.

I think Jonathan Biss's numbers are correct and Schiff's numbering is based on the recordings and not the Sonatas as he's broken up some of the lectures. That's the best I can figure. Here is the numbering system from IMSLP (which is the same as Jonathan Biss's and others I've seen).


Also, the chronological order is by Sonata number rather than by Opus (according to Schiff).

Oh, here are the Schiff Lectures listed by Sonata


Edited by synergy543 (08/24/13 08:38 PM)

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#2138732 - 08/25/13 11:39 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: synergy543]
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Thanks for this! I will listen to the Op. 26 lecture today. I have a book of the first half of the sonatas, and I notice that it doesn't have Op. 49 1 and 2 in it. In Schiff's list, Op. 49 1 and 2 are numbered sonata 9 and 10 respectively. On the "accessible Beethoven Sonata mvts' thread, Sam S mentioned that there were Beethoven's earliest sonatas and he didn't want them published and used them to teach his students. So perhaps that is why they are not on other people's lists of the Sonatas?

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#2138921 - 08/25/13 06:13 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Valencia]
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Originally Posted By: Valencia
Thanks for this! I will listen to the Op. 26 lecture today. I have a book of the first half of the sonatas, and I notice that it doesn't have Op. 49 1 and 2 in it. In Schiff's list, Op. 49 1 and 2 are numbered sonata 9 and 10 respectively. On the "accessible Beethoven Sonata mvts' thread, Sam S mentioned that there were Beethoven's earliest sonatas and he didn't want them published and used them to teach his students. So perhaps that is why they are not on other people's lists of the Sonatas?



There's some confusion about the chronological order of the opus 49 sonatas - I think that's the problem. According to the opus number, they don't seem to "fit" with the other sonatas, since they are "easy". They were probably composed much earlier than is indicated by the opus number.

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#2139292 - 08/26/13 03:53 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sam S]
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Schiff addresses the 32 Beethoven sonatas in order of composition rather than in order of publication. His lecture numbers coincide with the standard numbering of the sonatas up to Sonata Number 8 (Opus 13 'Pathetique'). He then covers the Opus 49 Sonatas which have traditional numbers of No. 19 and No. 20 because he states that they were composed after Opus 13 but before Opus 14. After covering the two Opus 49 works, he continues with Sonata Number 9 (Opus 14 No. 1) so the lecture numbers no longer coincide with the traditional sonata numbers.

He also devotes two lectures to Sonata Number 29 (Opus 106 'Hammerklavier") so the total number of lectures is 33 rather than 32.

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#2139631 - 08/27/13 11:36 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Love all the info and signed up for Beethoven and for Mozart. It's going to be great. How will we recognize each other there? I didn't see a place to call myself other than my registered name. Perhaps that come later.
Also - there is mention of several different threads about this topic. I've put a 'watch this topic' for this one.

Barenboim is one of my favorites!

Numbering and opus references are often confusing, not just with Beethoven's sonatas. I rely on the opus to be sure .
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#2144004 - 09/04/13 11:56 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Palmpirate]
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Course went live this week. 31,000 students!?!

Listened to the first "lecture". One interesting tidbit - only one of Beethoven's piano sonatas was actually performed in his lifetime - I think he said op 110 but I may be wrong. It wasn't until Liszt that pianists gave recitals I guess.

He mentioned that Bach was a big influence on Beethoven, but what Bach music did Beethoven actually know or listen to? I thought that most of Bach's music had to wait until Mendelssohn came along to be re-discovered. I seem to recall that Beethoven was exposed to the WTC from his teacher Neefe.

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#2144013 - 09/04/13 12:26 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Yes, Neefe, Court organist at Bonn, trained him from 1781 chiefly using the WTC. Also taught him organ, and composition. Bach's work was well known but not publically performed.
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#2144150 - 09/04/13 05:08 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sam S]
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The best lecture I've sat through in a long time. I have to give Haydn more respect. I never knew the constraint he was under for his compositions. This is a tremendous public service by Jonathan Biss by offering his time for this free course.
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#2144170 - 09/04/13 05:50 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: 4evrBeginR]
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Originally Posted By: 4evrBeginR
This is a tremendous public service by Jonathan Biss by offering his time for this free course.


Well, even if Coursera isn't paying him (are we sure about that?), he is potentially getting a lot out of this course. He's in the process of recording all the sonatas - how many people will buy his recordings after listening to his lectures? I probably will. So yes, it's great that he is doing it, but I don't think it's totally without compensation.

Sam

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#2147138 - 09/09/13 06:48 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I went to the site and found the course, but saw this:

Sessions: Sep 3rd 2013 (5 weeks long)

So if you haven't signed up yet, does that mean you have already missed part of the course, or can you go through the whole course at any time?
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#2147142 - 09/09/13 07:02 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Ken.]
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If the registration is still open, the video for the first week lecture is still online. So, I would just trying signing up.
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#2147155 - 09/09/13 07:22 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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The videos stay up for the duration of the course.
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#2147927 - 09/10/13 10:50 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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@Sam S: Beethoven knew Bach's Well Tempered Clavier from a pretty early age.

Before Mendelssohn, the WTC was one of the few pieces of Bach that most musicians knew. But other works circulated in hand-written copies among composers. Mozart knew the motets and probably some other vocal works thanks to Baron von Swieten. His acquaintance with those pieces probably influenced his Mass in C minor.
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#2150131 - 09/14/13 04:47 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Who else is doing the first assignment? Which sonata have you chosen, and why?

I'm puzzled by one aspect of the assignment. It seems like the things we are bring asked to examine are easier if one reads music and can examine the score. For example, I can't tell just from listening whether music has modulated, and if so, if it has modulated to a nearby or faraway key. But the course says reading music is not required. I don't know if I could do the assignment if I had to rely only on what I can consciously hear and name in the music.
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#2150201 - 09/14/13 06:46 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Same here. I don't know how I would answer if I couldn't look at the score. Even with the score I'm not much good. The key change stuff is still hard for me, as is identifying the themes in the music, let alone describing how one sonata movement is different from that in another sonata.

I've been listening to Sonata 1 in F minor, and Sonata 3 in C major, trying to think of similarities and differences to Sonata 7. I chose those two just because I like them. (I'm not submitting the assignment for credit but just thought I'd try it to see what I could come up with).

So far, I've come up with little in terms of the things he discussed re Op.7.
-All three of the sonatas have 4 movements.
-sonatas are written in different keys
-sonata 1 and 4 have a 'minuet' like 3rd movement but Sonata 3 has a 'scherzo' like 3rd mvt which sounds quite different.
-Sonata 3 sounds light and playful to me, but I can't explain exactly why. Whereas Sonatas 1 and 4 don't.

I really don't know how to find the themes and repetitions and consider the different forms in that way. Much of the Prestissimo of Sonata 1 (4th mvt) sounds urgent and breathless to me (except for the lovely light part that doesn't), but I don't know how to describe the 4th mvt of Sonata 4.

Have to listen to the 1st and 2nd mvts again.

here is a site i'm finding helpful--looks like there is info about Sonata 1 and 4 as well as 3 (and several others...)

http://worldofbeethoven.com/op-2-no-3-part-one-new/op-2-no-3-part-two-new/


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#2150690 - 09/15/13 06:30 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I've chosen sonata op 10 no. 3 because it's been a particular favourite and on my target list for some time. I'm now planning to present the Largo E Mesto for the May ABF Recital.

The first assignment is peer based so I haven't relied much on reading or analysis to answer the questions. The two largo movements differ by one being in ABA form and the other being a close variant of sonata form and, of course, their key compared to the first movements, one the major sixth (C major versus E flat) and the other the tonic minor (D minor versus D major). My other similarities and differences can be found from the briefest of listens and a keen eye on the track listings.
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#2151435 - 09/16/13 04:43 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Phew, assignment submitted! The grading rubric asks for at least three points of similarity and three points of distinction, which I've covered. It also asks for the assignment to be "persuasive and clear," which I can only hope I've achieved!

After several listens to both sonatas, I did a slap-dash consultation of the scores looking for themes, main sections, and rough indications of starting and ending keys for movements and sections.

Valencia, I've been thinking about starting a thread about identifying keys. Would you be interested?
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#2151625 - 09/16/13 09:14 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: PianoStudent88]
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I've submitted mine too (Opus 2 no. 3 was my pick), but with some trepidation. It was hard to know how much to make of the assignment. On the one hand, I didn't want to make my answer too simplistic, but I also didn't want to write for pages because that seemed a bit much (though certainly possible!). I figured that whoever would be reading it should be spared too much verbiage, so I tried to make it concise but fairly straightforward (also keeping in mind I have no idea how much musical knowledge the peer assessor will have). I fretted about it more than I should have. What can I say, I want the certificate when it's all over!

Really looking forward to the next lecture. I'm enjoying them a lot. Can't wait until he gets to Opus 109, my absolute favorite!

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#2158049 - 09/26/13 01:56 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I have been taking the course and enjoying it tremendously.
Jonathan Biss' lectures are excellent. The presentation is great; the lectures are broken down so that you can listen (and read along with closed captions) for short sections. You can also download the lectures and the notes for them to consult at your leisure.

What has been happily most surprising is the Forum Discussion section. Just like here at PianoWorld there is a tremendous range of experience and talent from other course takers and a fantastic amount of information sharing. The topics are excellent with a lot of viewpoints expressed--I may add with a lot of maturity and no backbiting nor nasty behavior.

There are assignments that are not onerous and are really based on what you have learned from the lecture and support material.

The first assignment asked for a comparison of differences and similarities in a couple of sonatas. This is fine but because there are so many variable levels of music experience (and the knowledge of the English language) amongst the others there has been quite a range of replies ranging from exhaustive analytical essays to just a skeletal list of 3 similarities and 3 differences with no additional comments.

There is a system of peer assessment in place that requires everyone who submits an assignment to assess three other submissions.

This has led to some misgivings among submitters. The assessments picked for you are entirely random; you may be asked to assess an 800 word answer that lists the answer criteria and then goes on to a full harmonic analysis of all the movements. Or you may have a 25 word skeletal answer to assess. But you cannot choose the type of answer that you wish to assess. Some have felt totally unable to fully assess an exhaustive answer and some have just marked everyone with the maximum because they think that this course is really just about getting people to listen to the music and enjoy the experience of it and as long as an answer is not about something completely off topic nor plagiarism then the maximum mark is OK.

I have very much enjoyed the assessment process and looked at and peer assessed 100 other answers. Yea, I got carried away but I really enjoyed reading them from a long involved explanation from an obviously sophisticated listener to someone whose first language was not English and because of that had an extremely charming way of expression that was totally heartfelt.

Because of the randomness of the peer assessment my own experience being assessed let me down. Like this message itself I tended to write at a bit of length and in a personal anecdotal manner with lots of feelings and expression. One of my assessors said that I had submitted a lot of "the material that was not on topic" and I think that because of that did not mark my answer with what I believe I should have gotten as a grade. I am not worried about this I am not doing the course for the certificate but for the experience and I believe that since there are more assignments to be submitted I will get the grade that I think that I deserve in the other assignments.

I make a lot of contributions to the forum topics, have opened a couple of threads myself and am listed as one of the top 25 contributors in the listing. ( I am actually a little annoyed at this ranking process because I spend far too much time looking for my particular listing both on the list and in each individual contribution where other can vote a positive or negative decision about the individual post they have just read. I am trying to cure myself of this time waster.)

So I have gone on far far too long about the course but for me it has been a really great experience and I look forward to more of them from the Curtis Institute, from Coursera the course people and from other sources on the Internet.


Edited by BWV846 (09/26/13 01:58 PM)
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#2158071 - 09/26/13 02:30 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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i have been enjoying this class too and cant believe its week 4 already. I couldnt watch wk3 videos because of internet problems but will catch up. I did read the transcript. Bliss is really good. My assignments are minimal and reviews likewise due to time constraints and my minimal in-depth knowledge, which , thanks to the class itself, is improving! Did run into a bit of back lash re a comment I made taken the wrong way. Must keep my dry british humor to myself! Still the music iswhy I am following along, not to form lasting relationships. Makes me appreciate PW all the more. 2nd assignment seems much more demanding! Must listen through again.
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#2158105 - 09/26/13 03:27 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I'm suddenly behind also. Haven't listened to the third lecture yet, let alone the fourth, and I gather there's an assignment due this week (or by Monday night?).

Am taking a long busride today, hopefully I can get caught up. Ostensibly I'm going to my college reunion, but I may just hole up in my hotel room and work on Coursera. (I'm also taking a Statistics course, and I'm behind in that also. Oy!)

I haven't participated in the discussion forums at all (*). I find it all a bit overwhelming, which is sort of ridiculous considering how much time I spend on discussion forums (PW, cough cough). But I will try to have a read-through of some of what people have been talking about.

I was really intrigued by a comment someone made about the first assignment -- that in doing assessments he could tell people who had gone to the score, and he thought the assignment was really about just listening, and saying what you could about the sonatas from what you heard. Which is really interesting. It both has me thinking "I couldn't say very much without the score" and also thinking "Interesting -- listen more."

I haven't seen my assessments for my homework yet, but I'm trying not to stress about it. I wrote honestly, the value of the assignment is largely in the doing of it, any good feedback I get will be gravy, and any less than helpful feedback I'll just extract if there's anything useful, and otherwise ignore.

(*) No, wait, I've posted once, in reponse to someone who was being a j*rk about the quality of the assignments he had assessed.
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#2158109 - 09/26/13 03:41 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: PianoStudent88]
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Valencia, I've been thinking about starting a thread about identifying keys. Would you be interested?


Hi PianoStudent88--Sure any time you want to do this I would be interested. However maybe wait until you are not so busy with your other assignments! As for the Beethoven assignment, it is to listen to one if Hayden's final 3 sonatas:

Sonata in C major Hob XVI:50
Sonata in D Major Hob XVI: 51
Sonata in E-flat major Hob XVI: 52

Write 2 paragraphs on how Hayden's late in life conception of the sonata differs from beethoven's. (4 valid points of difference).

Write 1 paragraph on how you respond to these distinctions when listening (2 points of experience).

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#2158132 - 09/26/13 04:09 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: PianoStudent88]
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Interesting comment about going to the score vs. mostly listening. I'd be much more in the dark without the score, as I'm primarily a visual sort of learner. My teacher once did a brief ear training exercise with me, and it was awful. He kept having to simplify it so I could get at least one right answer! I can identify a V-I (dominant-tonic) cadence pretty well, but anything other than that I can't readily recognize except for obvious key changes.

For this week's assignment, I'm going to listen and follow the score(s). I think I'll be doing the C major Haydn, as it's the only one I've ever actually heard before.

I must've gotten really nice assessors. I had two people review my last assignment, and both gave high scores and very nice comments about my work. One person even included a smiley face in his/her comments. smile

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#2158136 - 09/26/13 04:24 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I fell flat early on because of time constraints. I'm still listening to the lectures. But no assignments. I could beat myself up for not doing more. But, there is only so much of me to go around. As it is, yesterday we mowed the entire property and practicing took a backseat. I pay a lot for lessons. I hate going in unprepared. So, something had to give. I chose putting the Grieg recital listening and commenting ahead of the Beethoven course.
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#2158141 - 09/26/13 04:38 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: dynamobt]
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Originally Posted By: dynamobt
I fell flat early on because of time constraints. I'm still listening to the lectures. But no assignments. I could beat myself up for not doing more. But, there is only so much of me to go around. As it is, yesterday we mowed the entire property and practicing took a backseat. I pay a lot for lessons. I hate going in unprepared. So, something had to give. I chose putting the Grieg recital listening and commenting ahead of the Beethoven course.


dynamobt, i'm not actually doing/submitting the assignments. I too mostly just listen to the lectures. If I have time I may give a listen to a Hayden sonata and see if I can imagine responses to any of the questions he is asking on the assignment. I have a feeling this assignment would be hard for me, given i still have trouble identifying the different parts of sonata form on listening.

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#2158145 - 09/26/13 04:58 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I've been listening to and enjoying the lectures, but I haven't done any assignments either. I have little use for a "course completion certficate". In any case, I prefer Charmin.
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#2158152 - 09/26/13 05:20 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I find that doing the assignments makes me engage with the course material at a deeper level, and solidifies my understanding. Then if I get interesting feedback from the assignment, that's a nice extra, but not essential. It's not about the certificate for me.
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#2159893 - 09/30/13 01:58 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I've submitted the second assignment. I fear I have committed a serious amount of waffle pointing out the most facilely obvious of differences, half of which I only know from the score and can't even hear. Well, even realizing that and starting to wonder if there are deeper differences represents learning for me. So, mission accomplished.
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#2166108 - 10/14/13 02:06 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Piano student I have just finished the course and I did all 3 assignments! What an amazing course- I liked Beethoven a lot before now I LOVE Beethoven and he is now my ultimate favourite composer ( it was Chopin)- the Hammerklavier- wow!!!! Opus 109- wow!!!!
I have never loved a course as much as this one in my whole life ( and I have done a wide range of loads of different subjects)- it has been a turning point for me.
I'm sad it's ending but some of us started a Google group!
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#2245262 - 03/12/14 11:05 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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This course is starting tomorrow. If you are interested: https://www.coursera.org/course/beethovensonatas

Also, I found this great deal: http://www.amazon.com/Virtual-Box-Set-Complete-Beethoven/dp/B00A1BC3B2
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#2245315 - 03/12/14 12:07 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I'm going to watch some of the lectures this time around.
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#2245614 - 03/12/14 09:28 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: scorpio]
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I'm registered for this -- I signed up ages ago and received confirmation, but had been expecting a reminder email from Coursera as the start-date approaches. That didn't happen (I did check my spam folder) -- so: THANK YOU for the reminder!!
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#2245884 - 03/13/14 11:33 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Well, well, well. Three minutes into the first lecture and he's already said something wrong.
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#2245900 - 03/13/14 11:48 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Well, well, well. Three minutes into the first lecture and he's already said something wrong.

Do tell -- what was wrong?
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#2245903 - 03/13/14 11:50 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: PianoStudent88]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Well, well, well. Three minutes into the first lecture and he's already said something wrong.

Do tell -- what was wrong?

He said, "Beethoven's only three predecessors who are connected with him in any meaningful way are Bach, Haydn, and Mozart."
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#2245905 - 03/13/14 11:52 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Clementi was just as important to Beethoven.

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#2245907 - 03/13/14 11:54 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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The glaring omission, however, is Handel.
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#2245908 - 03/13/14 12:00 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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He's just made another mistake. He said the Well-Tempered Clavier, French Suites, and English Suites were published as Ubungen. And then to reinforce the error, he offers it as a quiz question at the end.
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#2245913 - 03/13/14 12:24 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I can't believe he's just said that only Beethoven's piano sonatas, quartets and symphonies are important work.
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#2245921 - 03/13/14 12:39 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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He keeps stating that Haydn was the next significant composer after Bach. Many would disagree. What about Gluck? CPE Bach?
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#2245927 - 03/13/14 12:46 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I hope that you'll be able to perservere at least until the first lecture that analyses a sonata. I can't wait to hear you rip the analysis apart too.
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#2245928 - 03/13/14 12:47 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Pointing out a few errors is hardly ripping it apart, in my opinion.
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#2245989 - 03/13/14 02:43 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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So now I don't know which point of view to believe. confused
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#2245995 - 03/13/14 02:59 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Pointing out a few errors is hardly ripping it apart, in my opinion.

I didn't mean my comment particularly critically. Rather light-heartedly in fact. I can see how my tone doesn't come across in my post.

I will be interested to hear what you think of Biss' sonata analyses.
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#2246026 - 03/13/14 04:02 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Well, those six seem to be all for this week.

He did make some pretty significant oversights when explaining about sonata form, but nothing too bad.
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#2246049 - 03/13/14 04:39 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Care to elaborate on the oversights? Perhaps list them, or some of them?
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#2246052 - 03/13/14 04:46 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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For example, he talked for ages about the tonic-dominant relationship but gave the minor tonic-mediant relationship only a passing mention.
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#2246456 - 03/14/14 10:46 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Somewhat related to this thread ... I think

I found the 2nd movement of Moonlight Sonata to be very engaging and so ... have decided to continue with Beethoven and attempt to learn the Scherzo section of the 5th symphony. In looking at the Beethoven playlist from the recital index, it appears not covered.

The transcription for piano solo is by Liszt, and so looks pretty official. I realize however, this was not --initially at least-- intended for piano solo.

Does anyone have experience or expertise with this movement for piano? Suggestions, advice, what sections to begin with (this has been a big help with other projects.) Or, perhaps ... stay away?

I love expressive music, and I would rate this one quite high on the expressive list.

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#2246496 - 03/14/14 12:03 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Oh come now. You can't play the scherzo without the finale. laugh
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#2246522 - 03/14/14 12:57 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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The scherzo is somewhat of a recap of the 1st., yes?
Maybe the 2nd as well? I'm guessing ...

If so, seems to me like the perfect section to summarize the piece down to a mere 8 pages of Allegro ...

The first few bars of any work will often indicate whether I am remotely interested. I wasn't (am not) interested in taking on the 3rd movement of the Moonlight (even though there are sections I am very curious about.) Just too big a project for a non-reader ...

This one though, seems doable with time ... a lot of time perhaps ... but doable nonetheless.

Still trying to get my head around the Scherzo and if worth the effort. I think it will be ... even without the finale.

Plus, ask my wife about my unfinished projects; There have been a few and she is very efficient at keeping track ... smile

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#2246589 - 03/14/14 03:42 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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You can't just play a bunch of dominant seventh tremolos and cut it off right before the glorious tune. grin
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#2246654 - 03/14/14 05:51 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Well I know that. Where does it end then?

end then?

Surely I don't need to play the entire 4th to close the 3rd. That would break the deal for sure.
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#2246657 - 03/14/14 05:56 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Greener]
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Well I know that. Where does it end then?

It doesn't. The third and the fourth are one continuous movement, attacca.
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#2246664 - 03/14/14 06:09 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Oh my ...
well, better get started then ...
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#2249424 - 03/20/14 11:23 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: scorpio]
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Looks like PS88 may get her wish. I'm about to start watching the Week 2 lectures on the Opus 7 sonata. laugh
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#2249458 - 03/20/14 12:34 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Awesome smile !
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#2249464 - 03/20/14 12:42 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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The problem is he hasn't really done any analysis.
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#2249476 - 03/20/14 01:24 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Well, he can't really do any hardcore analysis given the broad audience for the course. (I think... But maybe there might be ways to say things for a broad audience that get at things more complex than what Biss gets into? I don't know.) Let me clarify my desire: I hope to hear what you have to say in response to what Biss says about the sonatas.


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#2253111 - 03/27/14 03:23 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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The 3rd week is up. Let's see if there's some real analysis in this one.
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#2253127 - 03/27/14 03:46 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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Wow. Most of his tempos are ridiculously fast.
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#2253465 - 03/28/14 11:00 AM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Polyphonist]
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Wow. Most of his tempos are ridiculously fast.

Glad to hear I'm not the only one thinking it.
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#2253743 - 03/28/14 11:05 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I'm not particularly impressed by these lectures. For example, far superior are the 33 Andras Schiff lectures, which are more comprehensive and better delivered.
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#2265562 - 04/22/14 09:33 PM Re: Coursera Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas [Re: Sundew]
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I just finished listening to the last of the lectures, and I have to say that I loved this course. I didn't really know much of anything about Beethoven's sonatas when I started this course. But now I at least have a sense of their role and influence in the development of music styles, and why Beethoven is considered such a great composer (not just because his music sounds good!). And it was just really fun to listen to someone who has studied this music for so long, knows it intimately, and obviously loves it.
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