FORTEPIANO COURSEFORTEPIANO COURSE
The fortepiano, the ancestor of the modern piano, was the instrument of composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann,
to mention but a few of the most illustrious names.
Constructed entirely from wood without any metal bracing, with strings of iron and brass or copper, hammers covered with leather instead of felt, and a flexible and vibrating structure, the fortepiano has a timbre of great refinement and clarity.
The regulation of the instrument depended on knee pads, pedals or manually-controlled mechanics, but these devices gradually fell into disuse in the 1830s, when some of the characteristics of the instrument changed, and the fortepiano evolved into what was at first named the “romantic piano” and then definitively, from the last decades of the 1800s, the piano “tout court”.
The study of these instruments - piano and “romantic piano” in their different versions - allows a closer look at the repertoire specifically created on each of them, starting from the Viennese Classics, and arriving at the great works of the period between 1830 and 1860.
A different approach to sound, integrating practical experience on ancient instruments, and studying the most important theoretical treatises and methods of the period, is a valuable enrichment of every pianist wanting to sharpen his/her awareness of, and interpretative approach towards, the works of the great past masters.
for students up to 30 years of age
The course includes the study of works composed between 1700 and 1850, and practical performances on period instruments.
ADMISSION EXAM PROGRAMME
The programme must include:
A work by Haydn or Mozart
A work by Beethoven
A work by Schubert
The admission exam can be taken, at the discretion of the applicant, on a modern or a period instrument.