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MUS 145 — The Symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Oct 12—Nov 16
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 25
Unit(s): 1 Units
Tuition: $285
On campus
7:00—8:50 pm
Oct 12—Nov 16
6 weeks
Drop By
Oct 25
1 Units
In the history of Western music, no orchestral works have been so influential and consequential as the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven. These nine compositions represent both the culmination of the symphonic genre’s development in the Classic era and the impetus for its expansion as an influential art form in the Romantic period. Beethoven’s symphonies remain the cornerstone of the orchestral concert repertoire to this day. This course offers an in-depth introduction to these musical landmarks for the inquisitive listener. Through close listening, readings in music history, and class discussions of musical style and context, we will examine how the symphonies of Beethoven are so impressively constructed, and what musical and intellectual qualities underlie their enduring capacity to move listeners from all walks of life. We will probe how these works expanded musical horizons in their own time; how they have been received by successive generations of audiences, artists, and critics; and how changing practices and tastes have shaped interpretations of them in concert and on record.

No significant prior experience in music is required.

Erick Arenas, Collegiate Faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Erick Arenas is a historical musicologist specializing in music and culture of the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly sacred and orchestral composition and patronage in Austria, Germany, and France. His work has been presented at conferences and in publications in the United States and Europe, and he teaches courses on a variety of topics in music history. He received a PhD in music from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

No required textbooks