Technique and Stylistic Considerations in Intermediate Piano Repertoire

Instructor: Loo Bang Hean
Duration: 6 x 90-min session
Course Schedule: 6 Apr, 13 Apr, 20 Apr, 27 Apr, 4 May & 11 May (Tuesdays, 8pm – 9.30pm SGT)

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This course looks at the stylistic and technical issues one should consider when playing or teaching Baroque, Classical and Romantic repertoire on the modern piano. Technical issues include decisions on articulation and touch, tonal production as well as pedalling will be discussed. Stylistic matters pertaining to ornamentations, use of rubato, rhythmical characteristics etc. in pieces from the various periods will be covered with examples taken from standard, intermediate-level pieces familiar to teachers and students.

Week 1 – Dances and Voices: stylistic and technical issues in Baroque pieces
Week 2 – Discussions and demonstrations of selected Baroque pieces
Week 3 – The Age of Elegance: stylistic and technical issues in Classical pieces
Week 4 – Discussions and demonstrations of selected Classical pieces
Week 5 – Moods and Emotions: stylistic and technical issues in Romantic pieces
Week 6 – Discussions and demonstrations of selected Romantic pieces

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, including the Malaysian Philharmonic 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.

Attendees will be assigned a few short pieces to study and discuss interpretative and stylistic ideas in the next session.

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