Interpretation – Classical Piano Pieces

Siiri Schutz

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Siiri Schutz guides to interpret famous classical pieces by Bach, Clementi, Schumann...

Interpretation – Classical Piano Pieces

Siiri Schutz is a German classical pianist. She has participated to many festivals and concerts in Europe and the United-States as a soloist or chamber pianist. In this course, she introduces several classical piano pieces and guides you in order to interpret them in the right way. You will study the piano by Bach, Clementi,  Mendelssohn and Schumann.

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The main concepts taught

Melodic Phrasing

Harmonic Progressions

Transitions

Musical Structure

The program proposed by Siiri Schutz

This piano techniques and interpretation course is divided into four part. Each part corresponds to a classical piece and includes different notions. You will learn several techniques and study the piano by Bach, Clementi, Mendelssohn and Schumann.

ChapterNotions

“Sonatina Op.36 No.1 in C major”

Piano by Muzio Clementi

Siiri introduces the course by giving more details about the sonatina piece, and interpret it.

After that, she recaps all the basic piano skills: melodic phrasing, dynamic control, fluent legato style, musical pedals…

Step by step, she explains the structure of the piece.

“Songs without words in E major Op.19 No.1”

Piano by Felix Mendelssohn

Siiri first introduces the artist and the context of the piece studied.

Then, she explains the piece and its musical structure, the baseline and movement.

After that, you will have more details about the phrasing of the piece which is written in “A B A” form, and how to make transitions between the parts.

Performance of the “Songs without words in E major Op.19 No.1” played by Siiri.

“Prelude in C minor, BWV 999”

Piano by Bach

You will first hear the performance of the piece, and you will be given guidance and instruction about how to perform the style of the piece.

She advices you to know some harmonic principles and progressions.

“The Wild Horseman Op. 68, No. 8”

by Robert Schumann

Introduction and performance followed by the explanation of the structure of the piece and the interpretation to give.

ChapterNotions

“Sonatina Op.36 No.1 in C major”

Piano by Muzio Clementi

Siiri introduces the course by giving more details about the sonatina piece, and interpret it.

After that, she recaps all the basic piano skills: melodic phrasing, dynamic control, fluent legato style, musical pedals…

Step by step, she explains the structure of the piece.

“Songs without words in E major Op.19 No.1”

Piano by Felix Mendelssohn

Siiri first introduces the artist and the context of the piece studied.

Then, she explains the piece and its musical structure, the baseline and movement.

After that, you will have more details about the phrasing of the piece which is written in “A B A” form, and how to make transitions between the parts.

Performance of the “Songs without words in E major Op.19 No.1” played by Siiri.

“Prelude in C minor, BWV 999”

Piano by Bach

You will first hear the performance of the piece, and you will be given guidance and instruction about how to perform the style of the piece.

She advices you to know some harmonic principles and progressions.

“The Wild Horseman Op. 68, No. 8”

by Robert Schumann

Introduction and performance followed by the explanation of the structure of the piece and the interpretation to give.

A word from our teachers

"Interpretation means freedom and responsability at the same time. I try to establish a relationship with the piece and to the person the music talked to first – the composer. Sometimes you can feel his support – and sometimes you can’t..."