GREAT PIANO MASTERWORKS
Professor Gustavo Romero, pianist
In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020, this course will explore and present performances of Beethoven’s greatest piano sonatas. Beethoven was a revolutionary man living in a revolutionary time. He captured his inner voice – demons and all – and the spirit of his time and in doing so created a body of music the like of which no-one had ever before imagined. A virtuoso at the keyboard, Beethoven used the piano as his personal musical laboratory and the piano sonata became, more than any other genre of music, a place where he could experiment with harmony, motivic development, the contextual use of form, and, most importantly, his developing view of music as a self-expressive art.
1. Beethoven’s early and middle period piano sonatas: Op. 13, Pathétique, Op. 27. No. 2, Moonlight, Op. 57,Appassionata
2. Beethoven’s early and late period piano sonatas: Op. 14, No. 2, Op. 78, Op. 101, Op. 109