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Beethoven 250: A Colossus Astride Two Centuries

211 TUTOR: Elizabeth Handley

This course demonstrates how Beethoven, a path-breaking innovator and child of the French Revolution, wrested music from 18th century Classicism and drove it into the passionate turbulence of 19th century Romanticism. Born 250 years ago, he settled in Vienna, the musical capital of Europe and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist and composer. Alongside biographical detail, including his loves and progressive deafness, you will explore how Beethoven transcended anything previously achieved in terms of originality and construction. You will consider why he remains at the summit of musical popularity and conclude with a discussion about his legacy. All of this will be enriched with ample musical and visual illustrations.

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