Classical masterworks performed by talented School of Music faculty are just a click away, thanks to video recordings produced for a new online course, Music 011, Under the Hood: How Classical Music Works, authored by Stephen Hopkins, assistant professor of music. The course was developed as part of the Center for the Performing Arts' Classical Music Project, which is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and provides opportunities to engage Penn State students, faculty and the community with classical music artists and programs.
The next videos in the series feature the School of Music's pianist Christopher Guzman performing Mazurka Op. 17, No. 4 and "Raindrop" Prelude by Frederic Chopin:
The course, launched in fall 2013, examines selected works from 16 of the greatest composers of western art music, with emphasis on the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras. Nearly 20 videos, featuring works such as Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and Bach’s First Cello Suite, were performed by the performance faculty.
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