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session one: Beethoven the Obsessive

pieces played during class:
Sonata no. 17 in d minor, op. 31 n2. "The Tempest"  I. Adagio-Allegro?
Sonata no. 1 in f minor, op.2 n1.  IV. Prestissimo
Sonata no. 23 in f minor op. 57  I. Allegro assai
Symphony no. 1 in C, first movement

blogs: 3/8 It usually comes back to marketing

          3/11 Grand Teachers

          3/13 Into the Weeds

          3/15 Beethoven the Control Freak 

          3/18 We Now interrupt our regularly scheduled piano sonata....   

          3/20 Beethoven the Mediocrity

          articles: The rest is silence (how silence is important to music--and sanity!)


Session two: Beethoven the Humorist

pieces played during class:
Sonata no. 6 in F Major, op. 10 n2 I. Allegro    and      IV. Presto
Sonata no. 16 in G Major, op. 31 n1.  I. Allegro vivace
Sonata no. 18 in Eb Major, op. 31 n3.  II Scherzo
Symphony no. 7 in A, 3rd movement
Symphony no. 8 in F, 4th movement

        blogs: No laughing matter
                  Behind the Scenes


         articles: Taking a Chance with the Music: Mozart's Dice Game (you too can play at composing music)

         They Laughed When I Started to Play... Which is just the way it should be

        Beethoven on Facebook (a romp through a parallel universe)  


Session three: Beethoven the Lover

Justin Hienrich Knecht: Pastoral Symphony on Youtube 
J. S. Bach, Pastorale for organ

played in class: Symphony no. 6, "pastorale"
                      Sonata no. 15 in D, op. 28, "Pastorale"
                      Sonata no. 18 in Eb, op. 31 no. 3, third movement

article: A strange piece of program music depicting a battle

blogs: Symphonic Birding
          Toward a Beethovenian musical personality profile



Session four: Beethoven the Explorer

played in class: Symphony no. 4 in Bb, introduction to first movement
                       Sonata no. 14 in c# minor, op. 27 no. 2, "Moonlight"
                       Sonata no. 18 in Eb, op. 31 no. 3, first movement

When to Clap: where did this strange custom come from, anyhow? (and might it have something to do with Beethoven?)


blogs: Dancing with Beethoven



Session five: The ninth Symphony/Beethoven and us

played in class: Symphony no. 9
                      Sonata no. 8 in c minor, op. 13, "Pathetique"

blogs: coming...

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