This seminar is designed as an in-depth introduction to the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. In addition to exploring the composer's principal works in a variety of genres (symphonies, piano sonatas, string quartets, opera, etc.), we will consider broader questions of biography and reception history. How have images of the composer and the fortunes of his music changed over time? How did his compositions come to define the paradigm of Western classical music? What impact has he had on popular culture? The class is open to all levels of musical expertise; the ability to read music is not a requirement. Come prepared to discover—or rediscover—some great music!
Meet the Instructor: Stephen Hinton
Stephen Hinton is Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Music and, by courtesy, of German. Before moving to Stanford, he taught at Yale University and, before that, at the Technische Universität Berlin. He has written extensively on many aspects of modern German music history and served as editor of the journal Beethoven Forum. His book Weill's Musical Theater: Stages of Reform (2012) is the first musicological study of Kurt Weill's complete stage works.