Pianist Jonathan Biss has started presenting a free, online course about Beethoven’s Piano sonatas. Running five weeks, and sponsored by the Curtis Institute, this course covers the context of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, as well as specific sonatas and aspects of performance.
Biss expected about 1,000 people to sign up for the course, and was “flabbergasted” that some 32,000 people registered. The first week’s lectures discuss the context of Beethoven’s piano sonatas: the three main composers who preceded Beethoven (Bach, Haydn and Mozart), as well as the sonata form
Biss has recorded a number of Beethoven piano sonatas (Amazon.com, Amazon UK, iTunes ), and also wrote a Kindle Single, Beethoven’s Shadow. Biss is also one of the pianists in the Barenboim on Beethoven Masterclass DVD.
If you’re interested in Beethoven’s piano sonatas – arguably some of the greatest keyboard music ever written – by all means, check out this free course.