New England Conservatory, 241 St. Botolph Street, Boston, presents two
ten week courses with Instructor Yelena Neplok. “Eastern European Jewish
Musical Traditions” runs on Wednesdays, February 15-May 3, 2006, from
7:00 -8:30 p.m. and “The Art of Russian Piano Music” runs on Tuesdays,
February 14-April 25, 2006, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Registration starts on January 10th.
Financial Aid available/*/ (call 617-585-1125 to apply)
For more information, contact the instructor at 617-566-7969 or email:
Tuition for NEC School of Continuing Education is $325 – for non credit,
and $450 for the credit.
For information or registration contact: 617-585-1125 or 617-585-1130
Eastern European Jewish Musical Traditions
10 Tuesdays: 7:00-8:30 PM
Spring: February 15 –May 3, 2006
This course introduces the unique musical heritage stemming from Jewish
composers and their communities in pre-war Eastern Europe.
Students will become aware of the uniqueness of Jewish folk music,
connection between Jewish traditional and art music, Russian Jewish
musical culture, famous cantors of the “Golden Age”, and great East
European Jewish performers. The course repertory includes different genres of Jewish traditional
instrumental music, Jewish folk songs in Yiddish and Hebrew, Synagogue
music, and art songs and significant instrumental pieces by the most
prominent Russian Jewish 19^th and 20^th century composers.
Each class includes a lecture -demonstration by the instructor Yelena
Neplok, the critically acclaimed, award – winning pianist,
artist-in-residence at Hebrew College, and the founder and artistic
director of the renowned Nigun Chamber Ensemble.
Students have the opportunity to perform in class and participate in a
Vocalists, instrumentalists, and all interested public are welcome.
The Art of Russian Piano Music
10 Tuesdays: **7:00-8:30 PM
Spring: February 14 – April 25, 2006
This course will describe Russian musical culture and piano music from
the end of the 18th century through the mid-20th century: the formation
of a Russian piano school, the development of a nationalist musical
culture, traditions of Russian piano performance and pedagogy, and
famous interpretations by great Russian pianists. Students will discover
the music and piano style of Glinka, Anton Rubinstein, the “Mighty Five”
(Balakirev, Cui, Mussorsky, Borodin, and Rimsky-Korsakov), Tchaikovsky,
Liadov, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich. Each class
will include lecture-demonstrations by concert pianist Yelena Neplok,
analyses of selected popular repertoire, and in-class discussion. There
will also be reading and listening assignments.