Piano Ensemble comprises the study of the Piano Duet and Piano Duo Literature. The course is designed as a requirement for B.M. Piano Majors. The goal of Piano Ensemble is to provide experience for piano students with ensemble skills which will enable them to accompany and perform with other players in performance and rehearsal situations. Carl Mikuli, one of Chopin's most important students, stated that Frederic Chopin considered the study of Chamber Music of the utmost importance for pianists. In the absence of the possibility of chamber music study, or in preparation for more advanced Chamber Music Ensemble playing, Chopin suggested that the best substitute was the study of the four-hand literature for pianists.
UCSB students who are not piano majors may audition for the course by performing two contrasting pieces from different historical epochs or style periods, and will also be requested to sight-read at the audition.
Enrollment in the class is on a space-available basis. An approval code from the instructor is necessary. Please contact Professor Charles Asche at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.