Beethoven: His Life and Works

To the man (or woman) “on the street,” Beethoven is considered the greatest “classical” composer of all time—and for good reason.  He was a revolutionary composer living during revolutionary times.  His compositions and dominating musical personality altered the course of music across the entire 19th century.  His creative output falls into three broad style periods—the last two determined by critical life events.  Music selected for discussion will include both familiar and lesser known works, with the intent of presenting a broad exploration of his output.  Written materials will be provided in advance of each lecture via email, and lectures will include a broad sample of representative audio-visual performances of the works discussed each week.  Because Beethoven’s life and output do not neatly fit into six tidy segments, a general outline is given below.

  • Imitation: Bonn and Early Years in Vienna
  • Emancipation: Crisis and a Heroic Response
  • The Heroic Decade (I)
  • The Heroic Decade (II)
  • Introspection: Deafness and Inward Musical Journey
  • The Last Years

Fridays, 2:30 pm — 4:00 pm
February 8 — March 29 (no class March 8 and March 15)
UNCG School of Music

Cost: $100

Greg Carroll (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is Associate Professor of Music.  He is a northern transplant to Greensboro from the upper Midwest.  He was the first winner of the Outstanding Teacher and Excellence in Online Education Award at UNCG, and loves to share musical insights with others off campus at EMF and GSO concerts.  His compositions have been performed all over the world, and he prefers to spend the first weeks of August fishing in northern Minnesota.


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