Ludwig van Beethoven not only composed some of the most significant works of Western classical music -- he continues to make his mark as the prototypical "troubled genius," symbol for a wide range of political causes, subject of numerous films, and classical music's main representative in American pop culture. We will begin with an exploration of Beethoven's life, music, and historical context and continue by tracing how, after his death, Beethoven became a cultural hero whose image took on a life of its own. Throughout, we will unravel the interaction of music, culture, and mythmaking. No previous musical experience required.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU Hum; AS HUM; FA HUM; AR HUM