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Great Composer-Pianists: Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Brahms

Evening Course

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0232
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Fryderyk Chopin

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Join popular speaker and concert pianist Rachel Franklin as she guides a unique look at the monumental keyboard talents of four great composer-pianists and how their performing virtuosity influenced the piano works we enjoy today.

With a legacy of printed compositions but no recordings, how can we get closer to the white-hot moments of creation and performance when these artists poured out their genius for fortunate and astonished listeners? How did the composers’ musical imaginations and their signature performance styles influence the development of how pianos would be constructed and sound? And did their contemporary audiences even comprehend what they were hearing?

Franklin offers fascinating exploration into the creative minds—and hands—of a quartet of piano pioneers celebrated for their prowess as composers and performers. She concludes each lecture with a live performance of a work by the spotlighted composer.

British-born Franklin has been a featured speaker for organizations including the Library of Congress and NPR, exploring intersections among classical and jazz music, film scores, and the fine arts.

Session Information

Fryderyk Chopin  

Because of both his fragile health and the exquisite patina of his style, our understanding of Chopin’s playing is sometimes clouded by romantic myth. While he only enjoyed performing for private audiences, many reports show him to have been a mesmerizing player with a piano technique and harmony so revolutionary that it left his brilliant friend Franz Liszt scrambling to keep up.

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