About this Course

“19th Century Preluding” reveals the Romantic-era art of performing improvised introductions to written piano compositions, and prepares the learner to bring this capability to the stage. Course instructor John Mortensen is internationally recognized as a concert improviser and teacher. The lessons begin by closely examining original sources including Czerny, Kollmann, Corri, Hummel, and Clara Schumann. Then the learner is invited into Mortensen’s “workshop” to watch his process as he develops preludes on familiar and unknown works from the repertoire. At the conclusion of the course, each student may submit a video performance of preluding and receive personal written commentary from Dr. Mortensen.

Course curriculum

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    • Course Overview

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    • What is Preluding?

    • Corri's Original System of Preluding, Part I

    • Corri's Original System of Preluding, Part II

    • Corri's Original System of Preluding, Part III

    • Czerny's Six Chords, Part I

    • Czerny's Six Chords, Part II

    • Czerny's Six Chords, Part III

    • The Kollmann Progression, Part I

    • The Kollmann Progression, Part II

    • Figuration, Part I

    • Figuration, Part II

    • Figuration, Part III

    • Rule of the Octave

    • CPE Bach's Scales

    • Preluding on RO and CPE

    • Thematic Preludes I: Kollman's Prelude to Hüllmandel

    • Thematic Preludes II: Clementi's Prelude to Haydn

    • Thematic Preludes III: Clara's Preludes to Robert

    • Rules for Thematic Preludes

    • Preludes to Mozart K 545

    • Preludes to Mozart K. 310

    • Preludes to Beethoven Op 14 no 1

    • Preludes to Schubert Impromptus I

    • Preludes to Schubert Impromptus II

    • Live Preluding Example: Schubert

    • Preludes to Montgeroult Sonata Fm, Op 5 no 2

    • Preludes to Chopin Nocturne, Op 48 no 1

    • Final Exam Instructions

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