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 his “Immortal Beloved”, and tempestuous relationship with his suicidal nephew Karl, together with the French Revolution and emergence of Romanticism, will form the backdrop for our investigation of his 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 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: Type: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: listening quizzes, two papers, midterm and final exams, and class participation
Enrollment Preference: those with a demonstrated interest in music
Department Notes: MUS Group A Electives--class of 2016
Distributions: Division I;