Keyboard instruments have played a central role in classical music throughout its history. The harpsichord was an instrucment of the classical orchestra in the seventeenth century and the piano is often used in the modern orchestra. Piano concertos are some of the most popular works in the concert repertoire. There is a great wealth of chamber music involving the piano. Most songs include a keyboard accompaniment and very many composers have written substantial pieces for solo piano. This course will explore some of this repertoire and look at how the use of keyboard instruments has evolved.
Spring term - No class 18 January, class instead on 22 February