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Historically Informed Performance (HIP)

Purpose of the Course

Piano teaching is a demanding art requiring one to have knowledge not only about piano technique, but also vast knowledge of piano repertoire and pedagogy literature, while developing a student's individual approach to performance.
I feel the responsibility of an ultimate historian and have a great responsibility to my students. In this course we explore pathways to arrive at a performance that is historically informed. Further insights to research is necessary, utilizing numerous means that range from the use of period instruments specifically for early music, to historical evidence in letters, treatises and printed music, examining parameters such as tuning, tempo, rhythm, phrasing, articulation and dynamics.

This course will provide the student with tools to achieve a sound aesthetic in good taste. It is my desire to take the unaware or disheartened musician and offer tools to unearth personal discoveries that are based on historical content in context.

Required Materials

Brown, Clive. 1999. Classical and Romantic Performance Practice, 1750–1900. New York: Oxford University Press.

Parakilas, James, Edwin M. Good, Cynthia Adams Hoover, et. al. 2001. Piano Roles: Three Hundred Years of Life with the Piano. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Peres da Costa, Neal. 2012. Off the Record. New York: Oxford University Press.

Program Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this course the student will be equipped to take on the following questions with ease:

• What did the composer say?
• What did the composer mean?
• What clues did the composer leave?
• What educated, tasteful, thought-out choices are available?
• Which interpretation works best?
• Am I being flexible enough to believe in more than one interpretation?
• What will I say and mean in my interpretation?

Course Schedule

Week 1 - Why HIP? The Fortepiano, Music notational language
Week 2 - The main players: past and present
Week 3 - Affekt and good taste
Week 4 - Formal Structure and Harmonic Function
Week 5 - Technique and execution - traditions and beliefs
Week 6 - Rhythm - history and influences
Week 7 - Dynamics - history and influences
Week 8 - Expression and accents
Week 9 - Articulation and touch
Week 10 - Period practices
Week 11 - Ornamentation and conventions
Week 12 - Sonata form, Theme and variations, repeats
Week 13 - Pedalling - damper pedal, etc
Week 14 - Tempi, metronomes
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