Beethoven Great Courses

8 Lectures
1 Weekly Lecture
45 minutes
Wednesdays at 12:00 A.M.

March 28, 2018 -The Immortal Beloved
April 4, 2018 -What Comes Down Must Go Up, 1813-1815
April 11, 2018 -What Goes Up Must Come Down, 1815
April 18, 2018 -Beethoven and His Nephew, 1815-1819
April 25, 2018 -Beethoven the Pianist
May 2, 2018 -Beethoven the Composer, 1792-1802
May 9, 2018 -The Heroic Ideal
May 16, 2018 -Two Concerts, 1808 and 1824
Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the most prolific and inspiring forces in the history of music. With his brilliant compositions and his unique approach to the piano, he changed the face of western concert music forever. After Beethoven nothing could ever be the same again. 
This course by Professor Robert Greenberg is a biographical and musical study of Beethoven . It puts the great musician's life in a social, political, and cultural context. 
First and foremost, it is a biographical study, and includes excerpts from more than a dozen of Beethoven's works.You will learn about Beethoven's: 
Dysfunctional family life and
relationships with his mother, father, paternal grandfather, and brothers 
Musical training, especially his unique approach to the piano 
Appearance and attitude 
Celebrity in music- and piano-crazed Vienna 
Compositional successes including symphonies, piano sonatas, and string quartets, among many others 
Hearing loss and the crisis of 1802 
Delusions and his relationship with his nephew Karl. 

Works you'll hear in the lectures are excerpted from: 
Symphony no. 7 in A Major, op. 92 (1812) 
Missa Solemnis in D Major, op. 123 (1823) 
Symphony no. 8 in F Major, op. 93 (1812) 
Wellington's Victory , op. 91 (1813) 
Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, op. 106 (1818) 
Piano Sonata in C Major, op. 53 (1804) 
Symphony no. 3 in E-flat Major, op. 55 (1805) 
String Quartet no. 7 in F Major, op. 59, no. 1 (1806) 
String Quartet no. 9 in C Major, op. 59, no. 3 (1806) 
Symphony no. 6 in F Major, op. 68 (1808) 
Piano Concerto no. 4 in G Major, op. 58 (1806) 
Symphony no. 5 in C Minor, op. 67 (1808) 
Symphony no. 9 in D Minor, op. 125 (1824) (1893)
The Guide to Essential Italy
The Guide to Essential Italy
2 Weekly Lctures
18 Weeks/58 Minutes

Wednesdays at 12:00 P.M.
Obert Meeting Room

"You may have the universe,
if I may have Italy." - 
Giuseppe Verdi
2 weekly lectures 
18 weeks /58 minutes

36 lectures | 29 minutes each

May 23
1 Rome: The Eternal City 
2 The Capitoline and the Colosseum

 May 30
3 Imperial Palaces of the Palatine Hill 
4 Pompeii: A City Frozen in Time 

June 6
5 The Roman Forum 
6 Along the Via Sacra to the Capitoline

June 13
7 The Via del Corso and Princely Palaces 
8 The Trevi Fountain and Baroque Rome 

June 20
9 Above and Beyond the Spanish Steps 
10 At the Bend in the Tiber 

June 27
11 The Pantheon to Campo dei Fiori 
12 Piazza Farnese to the Ara Pacis 

July 11
13 Piazza del Popolo to San Clemente 
14 The Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica 

July 18
15 Orvieto, Siena, and San Gimignano 
16 Florence: Politics in Art and Architecture 

July 25
17 From the Piazza del Duomo to San Marco 
18 Santa Croce and the Pazzi Chapel 

 August 1
19 En Route to the Ponte Vecchio 
20 The Pitti Palace 

August 8
21 The Oltrarno 
22 Walking to Santa Maria Novella 

August 15
23 From Santa Maria Novella to San Lorenzo 
24 The Medici Legacy 

August 22 
25 The Ognissanti, Palaces, Parks, and Villas 
26 Romantic Views: San Miniato and Fiesole 

August 29
27 Arezzo, Perugia, and Assisi 
28 Venice: The Center of Power 

September 5
29 The Drawing Room of Europe: Piazza San Marco 
30 The Basilica of San Marco 

September 12
31 The Ducal Palace 
32 Venetian Civilization 

September 19
33 Along the Giudecca and Grand Canals 
34 The Upper Grand Canal and San Marco on Foot 

September 26
35 The Rialto and Sestiere San Polo 
36 Sestiere Castello and the Outer Islands