Aim: To understand Beethoven’s music through hermeneutics, style analysis, and historiography.
Content: Examination of: individual works, through close reading and analysis; the classical style; compositional approach; the social and cultural contexts of his music; the current scope of Beethoven research. Issues of personal psychology and ‘genius’ are also approached. Stylistic elements are taught through stylistic composition (and this forms part of the project mark). You will also spend time performing chamber music by Beethoven or his contemporaries.
The project is taught through lectures, small study groups, discussions and practical workshops. The learning style is participatory rather than passive. Students will be expected to engage with analysis, historical work, composition and performance.
You can also view more details at the Beethoven Project microsite.
There are 4 pieces of coursework for this project, each of which counts for 10% of the total mark. The first three are submitted on Tuesday morning at 9.10, weeks 3, 4, 5; the last is a presentation and is assessed on the last day of the project.
For the remaining 60% of the project submission, you can choose from:
Pre-project listening: any (or all!) of Beethoven's works; in particular:
A full reading list will be given out during the project.
By the end of the taught part of the module, all students should have:
Second years: On completion of the module, in their independent work, students should demonstrate Learning Outcomes B1-B10
Third years: On completion of the module, in their independent work, students should demonstrate Learning Outcomes C1-C10