Odyssey: Beethoven and the Revolutionary Spirit

Due to the pandemic, Dr. Weiser is offering one section only of this course: Wednesday, via Zoom, from 10 a.m. to noon

In celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday, this class will explore the life and music of one of the greatest composers, whose own personal struggle with deafness mirrored the social struggle of the period. The progressive spirit unleashed by the French and American revolutions found its musical voice in young Beethoven's own attempts to change some of the "rules" of composing. The result was a new and more powerful kind of music that demanded more active and emotional listening. Dr. Weiser will perform several of Beethoven's great piano sonatas, read from his fascinating letters, show a great BBC documentary about his life, and also highlight important artistic connections to painters, writers, and philosophers of this critical period.

912.555.02 via Zoom
Wednesday, Oct. 7 to 28, 10 a.m. to noon
Cost: $140 (four sessions)

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80% tuition remission; spouse for 50%. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact bhebron@jhu.edu for more information.