Historical Piano Summer Academy 2018
The two-week course has two components: your own artistic research project, as it relates to any of the pianos that we can make available (see the list below), and a collective Concours révolutionnaire around the 1803 Erard piano.
1. Your artistic research project
Did Viennese piano design cater to an overwhelmingly female market of keyboard players? How different were French playing techniques from English ones? Was Mozart a “Walter” or “Stein” type of pianist?
Historically informed performance of late 18th-century and early 19th-century piano repertoire requires sensitivity and knowledge of three distinct historical schools of pianism and pianos: English, French, and Viennese. Any of the following pianos—all built or restored by Chris Maene—will be put to your disposal for practicing, coaching, and performing:
- Andreas Stein, 1786 (German, FF–f3)
- Ignaz Kober, 1788 (square, Viennese, FF–f3)
- Anton Walter, ca. 1790 (Viennese, FF–g3)
- Longman, Clementi, and Co., 1798 (English, FF–c4)
- Erard Frères, 1803 (French, FF–c4; copied after the original belonging to Beethoven)
- Nannette Streicher, 1816 (Viennese, FF–f4)
- John Broadwood & Sons, 1817 (English, CC–c4; copied after the original belonging to Beethoven)
- Gottlieb Hafner, ca. 1830 (Viennese, FF–g4)
- Erard, 1836 (French, CC–g4)
2. Concours révolutionnaire
- To mark your top-three choices from the following eight pieces (scores may be found here):
- John Baptist Cramer, Sonata in F Major, Op. 7 No. 3
- Muzio Clementi, Sonata in C Major, Op. 33 No. 3
- Louis Adam, Sonata in C Major, Op. 8 No. 2
- Ferdinand Hérold, Sonata in C Minor, Op. 1
- Louis Adam, Air du bon Roi Dagobert avec douze Variations précéde d’un prélude ou introduction
- Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Fantasy in E-flat Major, Op. 18
- Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann, Sonata in F Major, Op. 5
- Hélène de Montgeroult, Sonata in G Minor, Op. 2 No. 1
- A link to a video featuring a recent performance.
- A letter of intent (max. two pages), including your rationale for participating and a brief outline of your research project.
- A copy of your CV.
Cost: a € 250 registration fee. Accommodation in private residential rooms in the centre of Ghent can be available at € 100/150 per week. Eight free lunches will be provided, as well as two evening dinners
A more detailed schedule will be sent upon acceptance. The schedule will include seminars by distinguished guests and a visit to Chris Maene’s historical keyboard workshop in Ruiselede, Belgium.