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Virtual: William Kinderman: Beethoven at 250, A Political Artist in Revolutionary Times

Date: December 3, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Beethoven has long been regarded as a great composer, but lesser understood is that he was also an exceedingly political artist.

In this three-session course, taking place 250 years after the composer’s birth in 1770, William Kinderman, Chair of UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music, will explore Beethoven as a civically engaged thinker faced with a lifetime of severely tumultuous events including the French Revolution, the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte, and the Congress of Vienna among them. While popular studies of Beethoven have emphasized the impact of his personal suffering and inner struggles, Kinderman investigates the musical tensions in the artist’s work that reflect the political turbulence of the era.

Thursdays, December 3, 10, 17 | Noon - 1:15 pm | $115 for the 3-session course