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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