Last year was the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. He was one of the great masters of the Classical and Romantic eras in music, and aside from the symphony, no genre summarizes his achievement better than the string quartet. These sixteen works are spread evenly throughout his early, middle, and late styles.
The first class session will be devoted to an overview of Beethoven’s life and career, with the following three each covering one of his stylistic periods. It is not necessary to read music for this class, and excerpts from Beethoven’s works will be played on recordings or shown on video.
Classes will be held Mondays, 1-3 p.m. MST, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22.
Classes will be delivered online via the Zoom video conferencing platform. The course will be password-protected and only available to enrolled students. All class sessions will be recorded and made available to enrolled students for a limited time to assist those who may not be able to attend the live class times.