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The World of the String Quartet


Provider
coursera

Price
Free

School
Curtis Institute of Music

Type
University

Instructors
Arnold Steinhardt, Mia Chung

Categories
Humanities, Music, Film, & Audio

Duration
7 weeks

Format
Video

Language
English

Description
Learners will explore the history and musical ingredients of string quartets. Repertoire includes selections by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bartók, Debussy, Ravel, Schoenberg, and Ives, among others. In addition, listeners will discover the player's perspective through legendary quartets and today's emerging artists. Throughout the course, the Aizuri Quartet, quartet-in-residence at Curtis, will explore interpretation and interaction with Mr. Steinhardt. A performance highlight is the livestream digital premiere of David Ludwig's Pale Blue Dot, performed by the Dover Quartet.  The course comprises seven hour-long programs divided into brief video segments, available for viewing at any time. The World of the String Quartet is designed to sharpen listening and descriptive skills and to increase the engagement of concert-goers, as well as to inform the performance of amateur musicians. It offers discoveries and conversation for everyone, regardless of musical background.  This season's Curtis courses are sponsored by Linda Richardson in loving memory of her husband, Dr. Paul Richardson.

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