Honors | Beethoven & His Era
H203 | 6668 | David Hertz

Ludwig van Beethoven still stands for many as the symbol of the
defiant genius who changed the notion of the artist in society. The
Romantics hailed him as the composer whose greatness of heart
overcame his deafness. For the Modernists he was the first avant-
garde artist, a composer who introduced radically disturbing new
music to suspicious audiences.  Recent criticism has shown him to be
a clever self-promoter of his own myth. Which was the real
Beethoven? Beethovenís life (1770-1827) spans the great democratic
revolutions, the Napoleonic wars and the reinstitution of
conservative cultural forces in Europe.  This course offers a
reconsideration of Beethovenís life and work, with study of both
little-known works and famous masterpieces. Study of the opera
Fidelio, the chamber music, his song repertoire, and the piano
sonatas.  Survey of pertinent cultural artifacts in poetry,
painting, philosophy and more.  Among the figures to be explored in
the context of Beethovenís work are Goethe, Schoepenhauer, Friedrich
and Napoleon. Recent scholarly treatments and traditional views will
be compared and contrasted.

The course will be taught in conjunction with activities in the
School of Music, including required attendance at selected concerts,
lectures and master classes. The class will also feature visits to
the IU art museum, and possibly other venues.