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MUS 18 — The Artistry of Beethoven: A 250th-Anniversary Celebration

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Virtual
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Mar 31—Jun 2
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Apr 13
Units: 2
Tuition: $485
Instructor(s): Ilias Chrissochoidis
Limit: 40
Status: Closed
Please Note: This course has a different format than what appears in the print catalogue. This course is now a virtual course.
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Mar 31—Jun 2
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 13
2 Units
Ilias Chrissochoidis
Please Note: This course has a different format than what appears in the print catalogue. This course is now a virtual course.
This course commemorates the 250th anniversary of the most influential composer in music history, who left one of the most indelible legacies in modern culture. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) stands like a colossus between two different periods in European cultural history: consolidating the legacy of Classical era music and ushering in the new spirit of Romanticism in the art of sound. An explosive personality, he personified the sublimity, calamities, and contradictions of artistic genius as no other of his contemporaries. After a decade-long submission to the established forms of his predecessors Haydn and Mozart, Beethoven pursued a novel path in the early 1800s that yielded a string of masterpieces from the “Eroica” and Fifth Symphonies to the massive “Missa Solemnis” and Choral Ninth Symphony, as well as a series of path-breaking string quartets and the most influential body of piano music ever composed.

Addressing the general music lover and practitioner, this course provides an updated introduction to Beethoven's biography, a thorough and listening-oriented examination of key works with an emphasis on music's stylistic and psychological aspects, and the live piano demonstration of examples, performed by the instructor. Students will come away with a deeper appreciation for Beethoven’s genius and the reasons behind his enduring impact on classical music to this day.

Ilias Chrissochoidis, Research Associate, Department of Music, Stanford

Ilias Chrissochoidis is a music historian, composer, and pianist. The recipient of numerous research appointments and fellowships, he has authored dozens of articles on Handel and opera, and, together with Steffen Huck, has introduced cognitive perspectives in opera analysis. He is also the editor of Spyros P. Skouras’s memoirs and has released the music albums Inspiratorio, Ringtones, Hellenotropia, and Eviva!

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.