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The Life and Music of Beethoven

Follow the creative trajectory of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most popular and influential composers of the Western classical music canon. Placing Beethoven in a historical context, note how—from the rise of musical patronage to the impact of the Napoleonic Wars—political and social dynamics of the time influenced his music and career. Listen to Beethoven’s major works, examining each composition and learning about the major musical genres of the classical and romantic eras. Get to know Beethoven—his genius, his era, and his greatest works. No musical knowledge is needed for the enjoyment of this course.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of Beethoven’s legacy
  • Increased familiarity with his compositions

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
  • The curious and creative
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