Shostakovich was a 20th Century Russian composer and pianist, who spent most of his career working under the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. After studying at music college, Shostakovich embarked on a career which would be very successful… but very complicated. In , Shostakovich was accused of writing 'inappropriate' music by the Soviet government. This meant anything that had a Western influence and was seen as 'non-Russian'.
The Piano Concerto No. The concerto is scored for solo piano , flute , two oboes , two bassoons , two horns in C, two trumpets in C, timpani and strings. The opening movement begins quietly with a march figure, but quickly moves to a more lyrical melody interspersed with a fanfare in the winds. The music grows abruptly in volume, with the violins taking up the principal melody over the march theme, which is now played by the brass. This uplifting theme transitions to a brief, quieter interlude distinguished by a sighing motif in the brass. The march returns, eventually transitioning to the entrance of the soloist. The soloist plays a brief Eingang a type of abbreviated cadenza before resolving to a trill on the dominant G while the strings play the march in C major.
Please join us for Part 4 of Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas course, taught by Curtis faculty member and extraordinary concert artist, Jonathan Biss. This course is new and contains separate sets of lectures and sonatas that we not previously discussed. As with the other three Beethoven courses, it is not necessary to have taken the previous Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas courses. We think you will be perfectly comfortable to start learning with Part 4, if you wish and go from here. There is always the option to go back to earlier parts at any time. Between these courses, there exists a large amount of additional resources and learning that might be helpful as you embark on Part 4. We certainly encourage you to take Parts 1, 2 and 3, if you have not yet. I love "Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas" and the magnificent work of a great and passionate instructor, Mr. Jonathan Biss.
Family Matters: 2nd Movement is a mix of several classic compositions. This song plays exclusively when battling against Mr. Passion , and is consisted of the following pieces:. Ode to Ancestors: 8th Movement is an alternate version. It's actually quite different from Family Matters: 2nd Movement , and it's by far, one of the most dynamic songs in Mother 3 due to its non-linear rhythm. Attempting to combo before hearing the heartbeat is not recommended as the tempo frequently changes throughout the song. It consists of the following classical pieces:.