MUS 166
Last Offered Fall 2015
Division I
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth. This course provides an introduction to the celebrated composer’s life and music. Beethoven’s difficult childhood, tragic loss of hearing, secret affair with his “Immortal Beloved,” and tempestuous relationship with his suicidal nephew, along with important political, philosophical, social, and cultural developments of the time, will inform our consideration of his monumental artistic achievements. Students will listen to a broad selection of Beethoven’s music, including piano sonatas, string quartets, symphonies, overtures, concertos, choral works, and opera. We will discuss a range of topics, including the nature of his genius, his relation to composers such as Haydn and Mozart, and his impact on posterity.
The Class: Format: lecture; lecture/discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 1981
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two 5-7 page papers, midterm and final exams, and class participation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: students with a demonstrated interest in music
Distributions: Division I

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