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MUSC 218 (CA) Beethoven, His Legacy and the Power of Music (1)

For two centuries, Beethoven has been received and interpreted as the composer who liberated music, and as the composer of revolution. Born at a pivotal point in European social and music history, he took the conventions of the classical style and moulded them into the beginnings of Romanticism in music. The discussions and writing surrounding the reception of his music, from other artists and intellectual luminaries, shaped the entire narrative regarding the true nature of music as an art, and whether it had the possibility to convey meaning. This course will combine elements of a music appreciation course, which deepen the student’s awareness of the way the human experience is reflected in music along with the skills necessary to perceive in more detail the creativity reflected in music’s construction—with an intense examination of Beethoven’s specific compositional process. Concert attendance will be strongly encouraged, if not required. No prerequisite, however elementary acquaintance with the fundamentals of music, or experience with an instrument/voice will offer a marked advantage.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Coen