$35 USD per device. This program is 60 mins, including time for discussion to ask questions and exchange ideas. Suitable for all ages, no background required.

  • Friday, June 11, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST

Ludwig van Beethoven put a personal stamp on composition as no one had before, steering the classical music world from 18th-century classicism toward Romanticism. No doubt you’re familiar with the magnificent Fifth and Ninth Symphonies, but Beethoven’s more idiosyncratic voice emerged in solo piano music. We’ll delve into two works that show the composer breaking formal rules, heightening drama, and delighting audiences. In the process, you’ll learn the basics of two preferred Classical-period forms — sonata and rondo — with Beethoven giving them whole new dimensions.

You will:

  • Probe the complexities of Beethoven as a man, a product of his turbulent era.
  • Understand how Beethoven’s piano sonatas were highly personal works that spanned his entire career.
  • Analyze how Beethoven broadened the expressive capacity of traditional sonata and rondo forms, using examples from his early years in Vienna.

Your educator David Johnson, is a musicologist whose areas of speciality include the Baroque period and the 19th century, with a focus on Richard Wagner, along with the history of rock music. He earned his PhD in Musicology from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. At Hunter College and Marymount Manhattan College, he teaches survey courses on the history of Western music and seminars on rock history. David’s other courses have focused on Baroque music and American popular song. Previously he taught at Baruch College. He is also a composer, with works published on UbuWeb.

You can also sign up for our series Classical Music Masterworks.

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