MUS 120
Beethoven Fall 2009
Division I
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This course provides an introduction to the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven. The composer’s difficult childhood, tragic loss of hearing, clandestine affair with the “Immortal Beloved” tempestuous relationship with his suicidal nephew Karl–such biographical elements, together with the French Revolution and emergence of Romanticism, will form the backdrop for our study of his titanic artistic struggles and monumental achievements. Students will listen to a broad cross section of Beethoven’s music, including piano sonatas, string quartets, symphonies, overtures, concertos, choral works, and opera. We will explore his ties to Haydn, Mozart, and other composers, his fierce individualism, and his impact on later generations, subjects linked to notions of artistic genius and the sublime.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 1548
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on listening quizzes, two papers, midterm and final exams, and class participation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: those with a demonstrated interest in music
Distributions: Division I

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