Course title:Mandatory Piano 1 (for Harpsichord only)
Faculty:Faculty of Fine Arts and Music
Department:Department of Keyboard Instruments
Course code:KKN / 1OKL1
Level of study:Bc.
Format of study:Practical classes 1 [Hours/Week]
Name of the lecturer:MgA. Jana Vondráčková, Ph.D. (G); Mgr. Lukáš Michel, ArtD.; doc. MgA. Eliška Novotná
Language:Czech, English
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Annotation:Mandatory Piano 1 is an additional study subject of Harpsichord specialization within the Instrumental Play study programme. As such, it is designed solely for students of this specialization. Individual lessons aim to improve student´s technical knowledge and expressivity of his/her piano playing. Deepening student´s theoretical knowledge and practical skills by carefully selected repertoire is the main focus of this course. Emphasis is laid mostly on enhancing motor skills which is being sin qua non for the Major in harpsichord specialization. Finger, chord and arcade techniques are attended to, and attention is also paid in developing non legato, portamento and staccato keystrokes alongside with other typical keystrokes as legato, legatissimo and expressivo. By studying his/her own piano repertoire or repertoire of chamber music, the student gets acquainted not only with the most distinguished musical interpretation traditions and approaches, but he/she gains insights and overviews of specific features of piano interpretation. Carefully selected repertoire aids student to explore full range of piano technicalities, its sound and dynamic possibilities, to get acquainted with tone creation and to dive into specific elements of piano works of world best-known piano composers. First semester will see elimination of technical imperfections (if the student displays any) and gradual improvement in developing his/her technical playing foundations. Individual musical expression with emphasis laid on student´s own artistic creativity is sought. Upon completion of this course the student shall be equipped with basic technical and interpreting prowess needed for quality rendering of less demanding and smaller-in-scale music repertoire with comparison to students majoring in piano. Requirements: Demonstrated interest in chosen field and ability to deepen and cultivate principles of piano playing Demonstrated ability and skills for technical excercises and etudes´ practising aiming at improvement of motor skills Demonstrated ability of practising based on piano literature, reflecting student´s given study level Knowledge of various styles of piano interpretation Selected programme performance in front of examination committee for commission credit Content: Study of solo repertoire based on student achieved level of technicality and expressivness (selection): Scales study and five-finger exercises Etudes study, selection based on individual level and needs of a student (C. Czerny, H. Lemoine, J.B. Cramer, F Chopin, B. Martinů etc) J.S Bach: Selection based on broad repertoire ( 15 two-voice acts and 15 three-voice sinfonia, selection of Well Temepered Piano, Suites selection) Dr. Scarlatti: Selection of sonatas J. Haydn: Selection of sonatas W.A. Mozart: Selection of sonatas