NYU Steinhardt

Influential Pianists and Performance Practice

  • Course Number: MPATC-GE 2181
  • Hours: 30
  • Units: 3
  • Description: Performance scholarship often focuses on repertoire or score analysis but excludes study of important performance traditions. Understanding these traditions affects the development of interpretative practices and impacts current performance and pedagogy. Knowledge of these traditions stems from the study of historical recordings, as well as historical writings. The course’s focus will be the study of such recordings and the musical traditions surrounding them. The course will cover pianists from 1750 to 1970, focusing on the most influential of the 20th century. Classes will include a lecture on each pianist’s biography and discography, as well as an analysis of selected recordings.
  • Old Course Number: E85.2181