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Exploring Beethoven

Official Description

The course will selectively explore the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. It will also examine the composers and patrons who influenced him, and the musicians whom he influenced. While listening to the music will be the main focus, we will also put that music in a social, economic and political context. Mostly, we'll watch and listen to YouTube selections. Class participants may enjoy the entire performance at home. We'll be concerned not only with the music, but also with the very different ways it can be performed. Beethoven studied the masters who came before him, beginning with the works of his father and grandfather. He knew Haydn and studied his works. He knew and performed the music of J.S. Bach, and drew inspiration from the music of J.S. Bach's son, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. While Beethoven grew up in the small, provincial town of Bonn, he spent most of his mature musical life in Vienna, then the pre-eminent place of German music.

His works are a central part of our classical music universe; virtually all great performers include his music in their repertoire. The course goal is to provide an enjoyable and engaging way to learn more about the context, the music, and its performance.



Session Six Slides (pdf)

Session Five Slides (pdf)

Session Four Slides (pdf)

Session Three Slides (pdf)

Session Two Slides (pdf)

Session One Slides (pdf)

If notes need to be added beyond what is on the slides they will appear here. If class members would like to have information posted for use by the class, send it to me by email (bob@fabian.ca), I'll try to be reasonably expeditious is posting such material.

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May 6 – June 10 (6 sessions) Time: Wednesdays, 10:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Location