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Exploring Piano Literature: The Piano Sonata Specialization

Discover the Piano Sonata. Identify, analyze, and relate the parts: inhabit the composer’s workshop and understand how masterworks are built.
In this 3-course specialization, learners will analyze important passages and components of the piano sonata repertoire, while gaining a solid knowledge of the sonata’s inner workings and a better sense of historical developments in the genre. Across the series, learners will dive into compositions by Scarlatti, CPE Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, Medtner, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and others.

These courses were filmed at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, among other locations, to showcase the depth of the sonata repertoire and the instruments that contributed to its history.

Applied Learning Project

This course series provides a spectrum of opportunities for novice and seasoned piano literature enthusiasts. More advanced learners will perform a guided analysis of piano sonata movements, identifying the key component parts, and observing the kinds of motivic connections that unify the work and grant it a stature beyond the simple following of a recipe. Learners will participate in discussion forums to contribute their personal experiences and tastes to debate larger questions of style, history, and instrumentation in these celebrated works.

Course Information

Estimated Time: Approximately 3 months to complete Suggested pace of 3 hours/week

Difficulty: Intermediate

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Course Information

Estimated Time: Approximately 3 months to complete Suggested pace of 3 hours/week

Difficulty: Intermediate