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Master Class I: Great Masterworks for the Piano

Gustavo Romero

Gustavo Romero returns to Osher this summer to present three lectures on great masterworks for the piano. Each lecture will focus on selected works by specific composers and will include performances of the works discussed. The lectures trace the technological development of the piano and the concurrent evolution of the piano music that exploited its development capabilities.

July 11: Mozart

Lecture one will discuss Mozart's Fantasy in C minor for Piano, K. 475, and the Piano Sonata in C minor, K.457, one of two of the 19 Sonatas he wrote in a minor key.

July 18: Chopin and Liszt

Lecture two will discuss the extraordinarily innovative pianism of these two great nineteenth-century masters and focuses on single works or sets of works, specifically Chopin's Ballade no. 3 and Liszt's Years of Pilgrimage.

July 20: Debussy and Albeniz

Lecture three celebrates the 100th anniversary this year of the death of the French composer Claude Debussy, exploring his visionary piano works and those by the Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz.

Instructor: A native of San Diego with heritage in Guadalajara, Mexico, Gustavo Romero discovered his love and gift for the piano at the age of five and gave his first public performances at the age of 10, when he also won his first piano competition. At 13, he performed with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. Rudolf Serkin recognized his exceptional talent, and at the age of 14 he attended the Juilliard School. Since 2000, Romero has been participating in summer programs sponsored by the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla. For nearly that long he has provided a summer lecture series to Osher.

Coordinator: Reed Sullivan

Course Number: OSHR-70134   Credit: 0 units

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