Text: Maynard Solomon, Beethoven (Schirmer Books, revised edition) Assignments



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Music 45: BEETHOVEN

Spring 2016 (Tuesday, Friday 11:00-12:20)

Instructor: Professor Allan Keiler

Teaching Assistant: Jacques Dupuis (jdupuis@brandeis.edu)

Email: keiler@brandeis.edu


Text: Maynard Solomon, Beethoven (Schirmer Books, revised edition)
Assignments: There will be listening and reading assignments regularly. The listening assignments are devoted almost entirely to the works of
Beethoven, from each of the three periods into which his creative life is usually divided. These assignments are the most serious part of the course, and require regular, attentive and sustained listening, always with a purpose and aim in mind. In addition, there will be reading assignments from Solomon’s biography of the composer, and class discussions will include the reading assignments as well as repertory. In addition there will be one short paper on a topic to be assigned, drawn from both Beethoven’s life and work.
Exams: In addition to the paper described above, there will be a midterm and final examination, each to contain three parts: I: listening, II: brief identifications, III: an essay on a more general topic, mostly drawn from the music of the course.
Evaluation: Short essay: 15%; midterm exam: 30%; final exam: 40%; participation and discussion: 15%.
Attendance: In keeping with University policy, after three absences, for any reason, your Dean will be notified. I expect students to attend all classes and to be prepared. My job, when it comes to attendance, is to make each class interesting enough that no student in his or her right

mind will want to miss it.


Part I. BONN
Some Fundamentals of Music in Relationship to the Classical Style
Weeks 1 (Fri, Jan 15, Tues, Jan 19, Fri, Jan 22)

and 2 (Tues, Jan 26, Fri Jan 29*): Chapters 1-5 (pp. 3-57)


Mozart: Symphony #39

Haydn: Symphony #100

Beethoven: “Dressler” Variations for piano

Part II. VIENNA: EARLY YEARS


Week 3 (Tues, Feb 2, Fri, Feb 5)): Chapters 6-7 (pp. 57-78)
Symphony #1 in C Major, op. 21
Week 4: (Tues, Feb 9, Fri, Feb 12*): Chapters 8-9 (pp. 78-96)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra #3 in C Minor, op. 37

String Quartet in F Major, op18 #1 (first movement)

MIDTERM RECESS Feb 15-19

Week 5 (Tues, Feb 23, Fri, Feb 26): Chapters 10 (pp. 96-111)


Piano Sonata in C Minor, op. 13, "Pathétique"

Piano Sonata in C-Sharp Minor, op. 27#2, "Moonlight"

Part III A: THE HEROIC PERIOD (I)
Week 6 (Tues, March 1, Fri, March 4*): Chapter 13 (pp.132-143)
Symphony #3 in E-Flat Major, op. 55, "Eroica"

Week 7: (Tues, March 8, Fri, March 11) Chapters 11-12

March 8: MIDTERM EXAMINATION
Piano Sonata in C Major, op. 53. "Waldstein"

Week 8 (Tues, March 15, Fri, March 18*): Chapter 14 (pp. 143-158)


Symphony #5 in C Minor, op. 67

PART III. B: THE HEROIC PERIOD (II)

Week 9 (Tues, March 22, Fri, March 25): Chapter 15 (pp. 158-190)
Fidelio: Act I, #1Duet: Marcelline, Jaquino; Act II, #11: Introduction, Recitative and Aria: Florestan

Week 10 (Tues, March 29, Fri, April 1*): Chapter 16 (pp. 190-217)


Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, op. 61

Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in B-Flat Major, op. 97, "Archduke" (first and second movements)

PART IV. THE FINAL PHASE

Week 11 (Tues, April 5, Fri, April 8): Chapters 17-18 (pp. 217-256)


Diabelli Variations, op. 120

Week 12: (Tues April 12, Fri, April 15*) Chapters 19-21 (pp. 256-294)


String Quartet in C-Sharp Minor, op. 131

Week 13 (Tues, April 19): Chapter 22 (pp. 294-327)


Missa Solemnis: Gloria
Symphony #9 in D Minor, op. 125, "Choral"

April 22-29: PASSOVER AND SPRING RECESS



IF YOU ARE A STUDENT WITH A DOCUMENTED DISABILITY ON RECORD AT BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY AND WISH TO HAVE A REASONABLE ACCOMODATION MADE FOR YOU IN THIS CLASS, PLEASE SEE ME IMMEDIATELY.






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