An exploration of Beethoven’s style through model composition and analysis. We will consider a series of idioms or “schemas” that are central to Beethoven’s style, including specific routines for handling parallel and contrary motion in the classical tradition, favorite sequences, and idioms that defy standard analysis. Students familiarize themselves by writing a series of model composition exercises, starting with small phrases and progressing to an entire sonata-form movement. We will consider how these patterns are embedded in specific Beethoven compositions. We may also explore the use of idioms in classical-style improvisation.
Fall 2022 Class Schedule
F, 01:30 PM - 04:20 PM