Explore the Romantic phenomenon of the miniature or “character” piano piece. Learn about genres and forms, codes, interpretations, and covert political implications. For example, today we listen to a Chopin Ballade and find it powerful and wonderful, but we don’t “hear” the nationalistic message that all Polish émigrés in Paris perceived. We will study music by Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and others.
Alexandra Amati holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Harvard and teaches at the University of San Francisco. She is a lecturer for the SF Opera, the SF Symphony, the SF Bach Choir, and others.