The Great Pianists Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Harold C. Schonberg
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Essay Topic 1

Who invented the piano and when? What instruments foreshadowed it? How did it rise to popularity?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the biography and work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. What contributions did Mozart make to piano technique and composition?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the biography and works of Ludwig van Beethoven. What advancements was Beethoven responsible for in the style and technique of piano and composition?

Essay Topic 4

Describe the contrapuntal style of Johann Sebastian Bach. When was this style at its height in popularity? What replaced it?

Essay Topic 5

Who originated the transition from classicism to romanticism in the eighteenth century? Describe these pianists, composers, and their works.

Essay Topic 6

How did the processes of piano manufacturing change in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries? What impact did this have on the piano's popularity?

Essay Topic 7

Define and describe the terms "fugue," "legato," and "style galant." How...

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