Chopin’s many piano miniatures include dances, with the most loved and well-known being his Waltzes, Mazurkas and Polonaises. In this course Bang Hean will discuss the characteristics of these dances and how Chopin made them his own, elevating these folk or court dances into a sophisticated and intricate art form. There will be discussions on the similarities and differences between these dance forms, as well as insights into the interpretation of a selection of Chopin’s more popular Waltzes, Mazurkas and Polonaises.
Each week deals with one particular dance – week 1 & 2 Waltzes, week 3 & 4 Mazurkas and week 5 & 6 Polonaises.
Since his return to Malaysia after studying at the Royal College of Music, London under an ABRSM scholarship as well as postgraduate studies in Italy, Bang Hean has made regular appearances in solo recitals, chamber concerts as well as concerto performances. He has appeared in most major concert venues in Malaysia and has been featured as a soloist with various local orchestras, the MalaysianPhilharmonic Orchestra (MPO). An active chamber musician, he collaborates frequently with various instrumentalists and vocalists, and is a frequent guest pianist at the MPO chamber concert series. Bang Hean has performed abroad in countries such as England, Italy, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Korea. Bang Hean has frequently been invited to adjudicate, examine, and conduct masterclasses and in various countries. A frequent presenter for ABRSM, he has presented seminars around South East Asia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and China, India and the Middle East.
Works to be featured and discussed (with the approximate levels indicated in the brackets):
Weeks 1 & 2 – Waltzes
1.1 Chopin Waltz in A min B.150 (Gr 5-6)
1.2 Chopin Waltz Op.64 no.2 in C sharp min (Gr 7)
1.3 Chopin Waltz KK IVa no.15 in E min (Gr 8, Advanced Cert)
1.4 Chopin Waltz Op.64 no.1 in D flat (Gr 8)
1.5 Chopin Waltz in E flat Op.18 (ATCL)
Week 3 & 4 – Mazurkas
2.1 Chopin Mazurka Op.7 no.1 in B flat (Gr 7)
2.2 Chopin Mazurka Op.67 no.2 in G min (Gr 6)
2.3 Chopin Mazurka Op.68 no.2 in A min (Gr 7)
2.4 Chopin Mazurka Op.17 no.4 in A min (Gr 8)
2.5 Chopin Mazurka Op.33 no.2 in D (ATCL)
2.6 Chopin Mazurka Op.50 no.3 in C sharp min (ATCL, ARSM)
Week 5 & 6 – Polonaises
3.1 Chopin Polonaise B. in G min (Gr 6)
3.2 Chopin Polonaise Op.26 no.1 in C sharp min (ATCL)
3.3 Chopin Polonaise Op.40 no.1 in A (ATCL)
3.4 Chopin Polonaise Op.40 no.2 in C minor (ATCL)
Active participants are welcome to bring along their choice of piece for discussion during the relevant sessions.
Active participants are invited to bring along music excerpts to ask questions and discuss. They may also play excerpts or submit videos excepts to obtain feedback.