about the Course

The sonata, for centuries the solo and small-group genre par excellence, has a long and varied history, from its beginnings in Baroque ensembles to its eventual emergence as the main course of a solo recital or concert. We’ll use this multi-faceted and varied musical genre as our entrĂ©e into the changing face of music over the centuries, not only music’s styles and forms, but also its evolving place in our society. From Corelli to Copland, Scarlatti to Stravinsky, Vivaldi to Vaughan Williams—the sonata and the mirror it holds up to the culture it serves.

 

Tuesdsays, 10:00 - 11:30 AM.

Xavier Auditorium and overflow rooms

Alfred & Hanna Fromm Hall, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco.

Three Centuries of Sonatas
Spring Term, 2014

 

Course Outline

 

  • Week One: Baroque Beginnings

    Lecture Slides (PDF)
    Recordings Used in Class
  • Week Two: The Viennese Classical Sonata

    Lecture Slides (PDF)
    Recordings Used in Class
  • Week Three: The Late Classical Sonata

    Lecture Slides (PDF)
    Recordings Used in Class
  • Week Four: The Romantic Sonata, Part 1

    Lecture Slides (PDF)
    Recordings Used in Class
  • Week Five: The Romantic Sonata, Part 2

    Lecture Slides (PDF)
    Recordings Used in Class
  • Week Six: The French Muse

    Lecture Slides (PDF)
    Recordings Used in Class
  • Week Seven: The Russians

    Lecture Slides (PDF)
    Recordings Used in Class
  • Week Eight: Modern Times

    Lecture Slides (PDF)
    Recordings Used in Class