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Chamber Musicking

Judith Eissenberg, founder of the Lydian String Quartet, coach
Meeting room: Houston Hall

What makes Beethoven, Beethoven? How strictly should you follow the score; how much should you care about performance practice (at the time the piece was composed)? How do you plan out your performance, and yet still be spontaneous? How does a group made of strong individuals coalesce and develop a unique personality? These are some of the questions facing any musician who enters the world of chamber music. We'll explore these and you create a successful performance. Any repertoire from Haydn to the present Open to all instruments and voice.     


Classical Style

Lila Brown, coach
Meeting room: 31H T406

All that goes into performing works from the Classical Period with elegance and charm: articulations (clarinetists, flutists!) bowing, bow strokes, bringing out the charm of the ornaments, when to sing and when to swing, as well as chamber music basics: how to cue, listen and read a score. This class is open to strings, woodwinds and pianists induos, trios, quartets and quintets playing repertoire by Haydn, Mozart, and early Beethoven.


The Music of Brahms and Schumann

Rictor Noren, coach
Meeting room: 31H T401

Chamber ensembles of any instrumentation from duos to quartets will explore the music of these quintessentially Romantic composers.


The Piano and Violin Sonatas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Max Levinson, coach
Meeting room: 8TF 306

Max Levinson leads a class devoted to the sonatas of Mozart. Open to all violinists and pianists. 


The Great Piano Trios

Irina Muresanu, coach
Meeting room: Seully Hall

Open to pianists, violinists and cellists. Repertoire to be decided by the coaches.


Irish Music

Jim Dalton, coach
Meeting room: 1112 2D

In this ensemble, we'll work with traditional Irish dance tunes of several genres and some of the compositions of the blind Irish harper/composer Turlogh Carolan, who was strongly influenced by Italian baroque composers such as Geminiani. Our emphasis will be on appropriate performance practice for these styles.


New Music Chamber Ensembles (NMCE)

Sharan Leventhal, coach
Meeting room: Ipswich Building 103

Two groups will perform 2 works by students composers selected by the composition faculty. Both groups will perform twice during the semester. This class offers the opportunity for performers and composers to work closely in shaping each new work. Performers will advise the composers about considerations for their individual instruments/voice ranging from general suitability to extended techniques.

For fall 2014, the ensembles will include:

  1. two clarinets and double bass
  2. flute, violin, piano trio 


Individually Coached Groups

Multiple Instructors

Groups will be assigned by the second Friday class meeting. Each group will receive eight hours of coaching from an assigned instructor. Particularly dedicated groups may petition to have 12 hours of coaching. Participants must attend all masterclasses and perform twice during the semester.


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