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Chopin class Stephenson
Thursday, November 11, 2021, 06:00pm - 07:30pm
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November: A month of Chopin

A two-part class on Chopin's nocturnes
in the instructor's home studio


Instructor: Trevor Stephenson
Artistic Director of Madison Bach Musicians


Instrument: 1850 English Parlor Grand Piano

Register at trevor@trevorstephenson


Virtual attendance: Cost $40
Hi-def recording posted within 24 hours of the event
Available for 30 days, Zoom wrap-up q/a session included


In person attendance: Cost $50
Masks & vaccination required
Location: 5729 Forsythia Ln., Madison, WI 53705

 attendees will also receive the link to the videos valid for 30 day


Reading knowledge of music suggested



We'll look at eight of the Nocturnes spanning Chopin's career as a composer.

  • Chopin's personality as a performer and teacher
  • His approach to composition
  • Chopin's cultivation of the da capo aria form (A-B-A) in the Nocturnes
  • How the pianos and the temperaments (tunings) of Chopin's era help the player cultivate the phrasing, voicing, and pacing that is helpful in the Nocturnes
  • How the Nocturne emerged as a genre in the early 19th century, and why was it emblematic of the Romantic sensibility Chopin's compositional models: Bach, Mozart, Bellini and early 19th-c. operatic style
  • Tempo flexibility and inflexibility--and the zones in between— in performing Chopin
  • Chopin's pedal markings and his general approach to pedaling
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