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Purpose of the Course

Lessons in the discipline of accompanying are tailored to address the demands of the collaborative artist in the world of musical performance. A course of study is pursued which focuses upon continued pianistic growth, musical versatility, cultivation of a personal musical aesthetic, stylistic and musicological knowledge as is applicable to performance, and in obtaining skills and experience in collaborative techniques including instrumental accompanying, chamber music and the coaching and performing of opera and art song.

Required Materials

Grill, Joyce. (1987). Accompanying basics. San Diego: Kjos West. Katz, Martin. (2009).

The complete collaborator. New York: Oxford University Press.. Price, Deon Nielsen. (2005).

Accompanying skills for pianists, 2 nd ed. Culver City: Culver Crest Publications.

Program Learning Outcome

We will cover the following:

Collaborative piano ensemble repertoire including instrumental duos such as sonatas, and songs and arias with voice

Performance practice appropriate to the music being performed

Matching articulation and timbre with voice and individual instruments

Collaborative stage presence and etiquette

Requirements and modifications applicable to orchestral reductions for piano

Specific application of the use of piano pedalling when performing as an ensemble

The high quality collaborative piano performance

I will help you:
To become aware of and begin to develop the techniques needed to perform in a musical ensemble as a collaborative pianist

To develop music reading skills at a higher level as a collaborative pianist

To become more comfortable in performing with others in a concert setting as a collaborative pianist

To begin to explore, study and learn a portion of the vast collaborative piano repertoire

To begin to create a definition of what elements are needed for a high quality collaborative performance with piano
Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor for 4 hands Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon - Piano Duet 4 hands
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Dr. Archie Chen is a Sony Classical Recording Artist

Archie Chen records for Sony Classical

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