The Chamber Music of Ludwig van Beethoven - A Composer at Work
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October 4, 2020 - October 25, 2020 (4 weeks)
Sundays, 3 - 4 PM EDT
Is classical music your cup of tea? Has the art of Ludwig van Beethoven inspired you in your musical interests or pursuits? How much do you know about how Beethoven's art was created and his influence on the evolution of classical music? Celebrate the legendary artist's upcoming 200th birthday by joining Dr. Suhnne Ahn to dive into a deep, small-group discussion about Beethoven's development as a chamber music composer throughout his life and how it mirrored his symphonic output from his arrival in Vienna as a young man until the end of his life. The works provided a vehicle for daring expansion of inherited genres as well as intimate expression for performing artists. This 4-week mini-course examines hallmarks of Beethoven's chamber music output, offers insight into compositional advances within these works, and provides an introduction into the surviving autographs and manuscripts preserved in and digitized by research institutions such as the Library of Congress in Washington DC, the Beethoven Archive in Bonn, and other international libraries. Participants in this small group course should be prepared to engage in a robust discussion on Beethoven’s chamber pieces - exposure to Western music notation and some familiarity with instrumental genres of the 18th and 19th century European traditions are recommended for this discussion.