Moooc Term 1, Lesson 2 • Curriculum & Assignments


Complete last week’s reading and viewing if you’re still behind:

Additional Viewing

MOOOC Term Zero Craft

Orchestration Question 8: Marking Bowings

Orchestration Question 7: Getting Unstuck

Orchestration Question 6: Composing Schedule

Intro to Orchestration, Part 9

Intro to Orchestration, Part 7

MOOOC Term 1 Reading Session Worksheet


Score-read the following violin sonatas. Each IMSLP page has 1 or more good recordings that can be used for listening alongside your score-reading. I have also linked YouTube videos here or there for alternate versions.

• J.S. Bach, Sonata in G for violin and continuo, BWV 1019,_BWV_1019_(Bach,_Johann_Sebastian)

Recommended viewing:

Frank Peter Zimmerman’s lively version with piano instead of harpsichord

– but also listen to the IMSLP version or other version with harpsichord. Piano is better for really hearing the interdependence of voices, though it’s not period by any means.

• Mozart, Sonata in B-flat for violin and piano, K. 378

The Breitkopf Edition is the most readable.,_K.378/317d_(Mozart,_Wolfgang_Amadeus)

Recommended viewing:

Anna-Sophie Mutter’s thoughtful, individual reading:

The IMSLP version is also quite nice.

• Beethoven, Sonata no. 9 in A for violin and piano, Op. 47

I like the Joachim edition.,_Op.47_(Beethoven,_Ludwig_van)

Recommended viewing:

Anna-Sophie Mutter is hard to beat:

Unless you’re David Oistrakh:

• Schumann, Sonata no. 1 in A minor for violin and piano, Op. 47

Clara Schumann edition of course, top post, not the grainy scan of the Russian printing.,_Op.105_(Schumann,_Robert)

Recommended viewing:

Spoilt for choice on the IMSLP page with good recordings.

I really like this Ari Malikian version, with embedded score to boot:

• Grieg, Sonata no. 3 in C minor for violin and piano, Op. 45

Peters is and always has been Grieg’s best publisher.,_Op.45_(Grieg,_Edvard)

Recommended viewing:

Julia Fischer plays it like it was composed yesterday:

IMSLP versions good, but not as good as Fischer.

• Ravel, Sonata (no. 2) in G for violin and piano,_Maurice)

Recommended viewing:

Capuçon’s version with Ravel specialist Grimaud is spot-on:

Worth comparing with Oistrakh’s gypsy-like version of mvt. 2:


Compose a work for violin/piano using the following parameters:

• 2-3 minutes in length
• incorporate Lesson 1’s scoring approaches with those discussed in this week’s video
• study in contrasts – musical, textural, roles, instrumental characters, etc.
• compose in your own artistic voice and idiom (such as film, concert, crossover, etc.)
• continue to compose with an expectation of performance/reading