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FYSE1099

Cultural History of the Piano

Piano, Piano: The Cultural History of the Piano
Why do so many people have a piano in their living room? In this seminar we will try to answer this question by exploring the cultural history of the piano. As we study the piano’s special place in our (musical) culture, we will learn about the technical as well as social aspects of this instrument’s developments over the past 300 years. We will hear virtuosos like Franz Liszt and Keith Jarrett, study milestones of the pianistic repertoire, and discuss representations of this instrument and its artists in literature, the arts, and film. 3 hrs. sem.
Subject:
First Year Seminar
Department:
First-Year Seminar Program
Division:
Interdisciplinary
Requirements Fulfilled:
ART CW EUR

Sections

Fall 2014

FYSE1099A-F14 Seminar (Matthias)

Fall 2012

FYSE1099A-F12 Seminar (Matthias)

Fall 2010

FYSE1099A-F10 Seminar (Matthias)

Spring 2005

FYSE1099A-S05 Seminar (Matthias)