This course surveys the music of Ludwig van Beethoven from the perspectives of different professors at the Fred Fox School of Music. Jay Rosenblatt begins with an overview of Beethoven’s life: his youth in Bonn, the reasons for his move to Vienna, and the outline of his early, middle, and late style periods. He will also introduce the stylistic characteristics of Beethoven’s music. Subsequent sessions will be led by Bruce Chamberlain, Director of Choral Activities, who will consider Beethoven’s sacred music, particularly the Missa Solemnis; Thomas Cockrell, Director of Orchestral Activities, who will discuss Beethoven’s symphonies; John Milbauer, Professor of Piano, who will focus on Beethoven’s late piano work; and Tim Kantor, Assistant Professor of Violin, who will examine Beethoven’s chamber music from the perspective of a professional string quartet member.
The Beethoven Compendium: A Guide to Beethoven's Life and Music. Ed. Barry Cooper. Thames and Hudson, 2010. ISBN-10: 0500278717. ISBN-13: 978-0500278710.
JAY ROSENBLATT is Associate Professor of Music History at the University of Arizona, where he has taught since 1995. He has led six Humanities Seminars on the operas of Verdi and Wagner, the life and works of Franz Liszt, and two courses devoted to the music of Mozart with School of Music colleagues. His scholarly research focuses on music of the 19th century, especially the life and works of Franz Liszt.