Undergraduate Course: Beethoven: Man, Music, Myth (MUSI10094)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course examines Beethoven's life, music, and the mythical status he has attained in cultural history of the last two hundred years. Combining close engagement with the music with critical reflection on its reception history, it provides students with a deeper and more critical understanding of Beethoven both as a composer and as mythic persona in modern culture.
Ludwig van Beethoven is arguably the most central figure in music history. Not only do his compositions provide the foundation for the Western musical canon but what he has been taken to stand for has long informed the values deemed necessary for musical and artistic greatness. This course examines Beethoven's life, music, and the mythical status he has attained in cultural history of the last two hundred years. Combining close engagement with the music with critical reflection on its reception history, it provides students with a deeper and more critical understanding of Beethoven both as a composer and as mythic persona in modern culture.
1. Introduction. Life. Three Style Periods. Ethics. The role of Beethoven in Music History.
2. Early Beethoven. Classicism. Enlightenment. Early works. Beethoven the virtuoso. 'Heiligenstadt Testament'. 'Eroica'.
3. Heroic Beethoven. 'Eroica' (ctn) and Fifth Symphonies. Heroism, teleology, and intensive time. Egmont. Fidelio.
4. Lyrical Beethoven. Pastoral Symphony. Lyricism and extensive time. 'Archduke' Trio. Cyclic works. An die ferne Geliebte.
5. Late Beethoven. Late Quartets and Sonatas. Missa Solemnis. Adorno.
6. After Beethoven. Reception: musical impact history in 19th and 20th centuries.
7. Political Beethoven. The political role and appropriation of Beethoven to the present day.
8. Challenging Beethoven. Popular Beethoven: Film, Iconography. 'The Other Beethoven'. Deconstructing the Canonic status. Feminist criticism.
9. Student Presentations.
10. Student Presentations.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed
Music Analysis 2 (MUSI08070)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1) One 3,000-word essay, worth 50% of total course mark, due in Week 7 of the course.
2) One 3,000-word essay, worth 50% of total course mark, due at the end of Semester 1.
Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
Essay 1 relates to Learning Outcomes 1 and 2
Essay 2 relates to Learning Outcomes 3 and 4
||Formative assessment for the second essay will be provided in verbal feedback for the class presentation in weeks 9 and 10.
Written summative feedback is provided for both 3,000-word essays.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Discuss specific important compositions by Beethoven in appropriate detail.
- Explain the historical provenance of several key themes in music history (the notions of genius, originality, monumentality, ethical imperative of art).
- Evaluate the political uses to which a composer's life, music, and legacy may be put.
- Assess and revise customary narratives and values of music historiography.
|Maynard Solomon, Beethoven (New York, 1977)|
Glenn Stanley (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Beethoven (Cambridge, 2000)
Carl Dahlhaus, Ludwig van Beethoven: Approaches to His Music, trans. Mary Whittall (Oxford, 1991)
Scott Burnham, Beethoven Hero (Princeton, 1995)
Theodor W. Adorno, Beethoven: The Philosophy of Music, ed. Rolf Tiedermann, trans. E. Jephcott (Cambridge, 1998)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Critical analysis, evaluation of texts, and evaluation of score-based data.
|Keywords||Beethoven,reception history,musical canon,musical values,19th century,1900s
|Course organiser||Dr Benedict Taylor
Tel: (0131 6)50 4155
|Course secretary||Miss Carrie Lyall
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422