Fall 2015

Beethoven Hero

Moodle site: Course


Jenny L. Kallick (Section 01)


How did Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) become the universal composer, a quintessential figure who embodies the highest aspirations of humanity across boundaries of culture and history? How did he and his music become intertwined with the artistic and political idea of hero?  

We will consider these questions in a series of case studies, employing his music and life story to explore how Beethoven became a prism for refracting cultural meaning. Seminar members—whether familiar with music or undertaking its study for the first time—will develop the practice of active listening in combination with class discussion, frequent short writing projects, concert attendance, and conversations with visiting musicians.

Fall semester. Professor Kallick.

If Overenrolled: Handled by Dean of New Students


2019-20: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2015