Christa Bützberger, Piano

01 - 04 August: Domenico Scarlatti - La forma delle sonate di Domenico Scarlatti: Una esplorazione fenomenologica (online seminar)

06 - 12 August: Master Course for Piano & Chamber Music

Seminar Domenico Scarlatti:
Die Form der Sonate bei Domenico Scarlatti: Eine phänomenologische Erschließung -
La forma delle sonate di Domenico Scarlatti: Una esplorazione fenomenologica

"Domenico Scarlatti è il più grande musicista soltanto con le sue opere per tastiera. È il contrappuntista più importane d'Italia e unico poeta di Sonate." Heinrich Schenker

In questo seminario online tenteremo di avvicinarci al mistero del miracoloso mondo della Sonata di Domenico Scarlatti, con l'aiuto delle due descrizione delle Sonate in re minore K.9 e in sol maggiore K. 13 di Heinrich Schenker. Utilizzeremo il fondamentale modo di osservazione della forma di C. Bugeanu/A. Lorenz. Quest'ultimo ha dedicato uno studio di estrema importanza all'opera giovanile del padre di Domenico, Alessandro Scarlatti, i risultati del quale saranno di grande aiuto nell'osservazione della forma delle Sonata di Domenico. I partecipanti sono invitati di proporre sonate di loro scelta che, nei limiti del tempo disponibile, saranno studiate insieme con i criteri emersi durante il seminario.

"Domenico Scarlatti ist der größte Musiker allein mit seinen Klavierwerken. Er ist der bedeutendste Kontrapunktiker Italiens und der einzige Dichter von Sonaten." Heinrich Schenker

In diesem Online-Seminar werden wir versuchen, uns dem Geheimnis von Domenico Scarlatti's Wunderwelt der Sonate zu nähern, und zwar mit Hilfe von Heinrich Schenker's zwei Beschreibungen der Sonaten in d-Moll K. 9 und in G-Dur K. 13. Wir werden die fundamentale Art und Weise der Betrachtung der Form von C. Bugeanu/A. Lorenz verwenden. Letzterer hat dem Frühwerk von Domenicos Vater, Alessandro Scarlatti, eine äußerst wichtige Studie gewidmet, deren Ergebnisse bei der Betrachtung der Form von Domenicos Sonaten von großer Hilfe sein werden. Die Teilnehmer sind eingeladen, Sonaten ihrer Wahl vorzuschlagen, die im Rahmen der zur Verfügung stehenden Zeit gemeinsam nach den Kriterien, die sich während des Seminars herauskristallisiert haben, studiert werden sollen.

"Domenico Scarlatti is the greatest musician with his keyboard works alone. He is the most important contrapuntist in Italy and the only poet of Sonatas." Heinrich Schenker

In this online seminar we will attempt to approach the mystery of Domenico Scarlatti's miraculous world of the Sonata, with the help of Heinrich Schenker's two descriptions of the Sonatas in D minor K.9 and in G major K.13. We will use the fundamental way of observation of form by C. Bugeanu/A. Lorenz. The latter has dedicated an extremely important study to the early work of Domenico's father, Alessandro Scarlatti, the results of which will be of great help in observing the form of Domenico's sonatas. Participants are invited to propose sonatas of their choice which, within the limits of available time, will be studied together using the criteria that emerged during the seminar.


Daily sessions from each 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The seminar is held via Zoom and is open to all musicians and music lovers. In each session there will be a round table discussion. The students can also intervene with questions.

Total duration: 16 hours.

  • Languages: German, Italian
  • Fee: EUR 180, free participation for active participants of the Piano Masterclass

Master Course for Piano and Chamber Music

07 - 12 August

  • Approach: The course offers the opportunity to get to know the potential of the phenomenological approach in musical practice. The discovery of intersubjectively verifiable structures and laws in the musical experience can liberate technical playing skills at the same time. For chamber music, the phenomenological approach means understanding and getting aware of functional connections between the partners on the basis of a common orientation beyond personal interpretation. In order to deepen the theoretical basics of this method, the course also offers a one-hour daily introduction to phenomenology in connection with music.
  • Program and Preparation: the international concert repertoire. At least 3 works by different composers, one work from Viennese Classics is recommended. In 2020, of course, the oeuvre of the annual patron Ludwig van Beethoven will be the focus of our Summer Academy. We therefore recommend that you prepare at least one of his compositions for your course.
  • Qualification: adequate mastery of the instrument. Please send in a web-based tone/video document along with your application.
  • Languages: German, Italian, French, English
  • Course Fee:
    • Deposit payment (as part of the course fee): EUR 300
    • Early Bird (register and pay until March 15, 2021): EUR 590
    • Regular Course (register and pay until June 01, 2020): EUR 630
    • Online Course: EUR 490
    • Passive participation: EUR 220
  • Application Deadline: Extended to 15 June 2021

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