Beethoven’s Symphonies

MHS 590
Beethoven’s Symphonies

June 26–August 2, 2018 / Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00–11:30 a.m.
Room: NSL 404

Michael Ruhling

An in-depth study of the symphonies of Beethoven, branching out into his other orchestral pieces.  These great works will be considered through thorough analysis, as well as historical, biographical, and reception contexts.  Topics of inquiry will include aesthetic principles of the sublime and emerging Romanticism, historical and modern performance practices, primary sources, and Beethoven’s influence on the development of symphonic music in the 19th century.  Students participate in class discussions of the works and topics, and develop research projects regarding the intersection of scholarship and performance, resulting in a formal presentation and paper, with the possibility of including a performance activity in the project.

Planning your arrival and departure:
First scheduled activity: Class begins Tuesday, June 26 at 9:00 a.m.
Last scheduled activity: Class ends Thursday, August 2 at 11:30 a.m.

Tuition:
$4,830 / 3 credits           CRN 19398

“The survey of this subject was fascinating; the discussions and professor Ruhling’s unbridled enthusiasm for the material was contagious. We all loved the topics.” – 2017 student

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