Oct 19, 2020
0:38 What is your background and how did you come to your
present areas of research?
4:40 Who was Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmerman?
5:55 Did he have any famous pupils?
7:27 What was Zimmerman’s training?
9:17 Was he a victim of the cult of genius?
10:41 Was Zimmerman consigned to historical oblivion before your research?
12:55 Partimento and Zimmerman
14:21 Zimmerman’s holistic approach to teaching music
17:00 How was Zimmerman different from someone like Fenaroli?
18:10 Zimmerman’s recommendation of solfege
19:23 Needing to read 7 clefs right at the beginning with Zimmerman
20:33 How long does it take to be acquainted with 7 clefs?
21:23 Zimmerman calling pianists who have no knowledge of harmony, “schoolboys”
22:37 Cherubini giving Liszt and Berlioz a hard time
23:05 Zimmerman rejecting Louis Moreau Gottschalk from entering the Paris Conservatory
24:09 Did Zimmerman teach the Rule of the Octave and Moti del basso?
24:35 Were these 19th century versions of these things?
26:23 Zimmerman’s method leading to free composition and counterpoint
29:00 Are Zimmerman’s technical piano teachings comparable to someone like Hanon?
30:56 Frederic Chopin, how did he learn music?
32:19 What’s the evidence for the claim that Josef Elsner’s curriculum was modeled after the Paris Conservatory?
33:27 Chopin studying 6 hours a week of counterpoint with Elsner
34:06 Chopin and the cult of the genius
34:51 Could he be considered a formally trained musician instead of self-taught?
35:47 Were these all treatises that Elsner used to teach Chopin?
36:14 Did Chopin know the Rule of the Octave?
36:43 What about Chopin and Partimento?
39:05 What was Henri Reber’s lineage of teaching music theory?
39:46 Were Henri Reber and Chopin good friends?
40:27 Chopin’s plan to write his own piano method
41:35 Why would Chopin ask a music theorist/composer to help him with his piano method
42:33 Was Chopin 100% focused on completing his method?
43:14 Chopin being very musically opinionated and yet asking several friends to finish his piano method
44:42 Friedrich Kalkbrenner’s negative image
47:33 People dismissing great composers as “inferior”
48:57 How would Chopin analyze his own music?
52:10 Francis Plante’s video recordings of Chopin Etudes at age 90
53:26 Ragtime - Do we have any evidence that Scott Joplin and Tom Turpin had any formal music training?
55:06 Do we know for sure that Scott Joplin had a counterpoint treatise in his possession?
58:32 The Leipzig Conservatory and Generalbass
59:13 Roman Numerals, Harmonic Function Theory, Generalbass and Counterpoint - a Nuanced take
1:01:34 Were Leipzig Conservatory students learning Stufentheorie and Generalbass at the same time?
1:02:45 Joplin’s counterpoint treatise containing many notes and annotations
1:03:56 On counterpoint being something that takes years to study
1:05:34 If you study counterpoint already, what’s the need for Stufentheorie or Roman Numerals?
1:07:30 Is Wagner influenced by the German theories of music?
1:10:33 Counterpoint vs chord invertibility
1:14:17 Wrapping Up