The Symphonies of Beethoven : The Great Courses: Fine Arts & Music

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Robert Greenberg
  • Series: The Great Courses: Fine Arts & Music
  • 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Ludwig van Beethoven is justifiably acclaimed as one of the most revered composers in the history of Western music-a genius once characterized as a "Titan, wrestling with the gods." There is no better way for you to understand the full impact of that description than to not only listen to all nine of his magnificent symphonies, but to do so with a full understanding of what this great composer was saying and the circumstances that drove him up to and beyond what had once been considered the limits of musical expression.
The 32 lectures that make up this detailed introduction to Beethoven explores each of his symphonies in depth, explaining the gifts of musical communication that made this composer unique. Even without any previous musical training, you'll be able to grasp the absolute directness that made his work so accessible, the sheer emotional power that could never be ignored, and the ways in which his ideas were revolutionary on every level. Beginning with an introduction to Beethoven the man and the musical and societal forces that shaped his development, you'll explore his breathtaking innovations: harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, formal, dramatic, self-expressive, and emotional. And you'll come to understand how and why this man was able to lead music into a totally new era as he dispensed with the restraint of 18th-century Classicism to usher in the era of romantic self-expression - even as his own ability to even hear what he was creating was progressively and tragically vanishing.


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Truly the course materials MUST be made available.

Would you listen to The Symphonies of Beethoven again? Why?

Yes, because being new to music theory I didn't absorb it all the first time, but would very much like to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Symphonies of Beethoven?

Beethoven's letter to everyone for when he died was particularly poignant, abs the explanation for the last movement of the Second Symphony was priceless.

What about Professor Robert Greenberg’s performance did you like?

He's very animated and clearly knows his material.

Any additional comments?

Smart people work at The Teaching Company and Audible. Please figure out how to make the course materials available. They are critical despite your protestations to the contrary.

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- Christopher James


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A fantastic course is now even more wonderful now that the in-depth Study Guide is included. Thanks Audible!

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- Dale Goodyear

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses