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300 Years of Piano Music

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

An overview of classical piano music, from the invention of the instrument, to the latest compositions. How the fortepiano became the pianoforte; piano music for royal patrons, or public concerts; music for amateurs and virtuosi; music for living rooms, or concert halls by Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms and many more.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

All students welcome.

Content of Course

1. Baroque

2. Classical


4. Russia and France 1890 - 1945

5. Europe and USA 1900 -

Teaching method(s)

Lecture format, supported by CD listening. Time allotted for discussion

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • distinguish styles of classical composition;
  • understand key musical terms such as Sonata, Piano, Forte;
  • appreciate the musical and historical reasons for changes in piano styles.



Core Readings



Rosen, Charles. 2004. Piano Notes: The hidden world of the pianist. Harmondsworth: Penguin.


Web Sources

None in advance, suggestions will be made each week.

Class Handouts

Distributed each week with materials to aid understanding


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.