For all of our courses, we provide 12- to 14-page insightful lecture/guides with questions following that require short essay responses. A personal mentor will correspond with you by email, by Skype, or both, whatever you prefer.
Beethoven, The Spirit of Prometheus
Prometheus was the Greek demigod who stole fire from Olympus and gave it (and with it the beginnings of civilization) to Humankind. Zeus was so angered he had Prometheus chained to Mount Caucasus where a vulture tore at his liver every day. Prometheus suffered until Hercules killed the vulture and set Prometheus free. Arguably, Beethoven captured the “music of the spheres” and brought it to Humanity, just as Prometheus did with fire. Studying his music and his life, we attune ourselves to the spiritual nature of all music, to the role of sacrifice and altruistic motives in creativity, to the relationship between suffering and achievement in the personality of the artist, to the ways in which music spiritualizes Humanity, and to the kinds of music that do so. Through select reading this course examines the revolutionary nature of Beethoven, his spiritual growth, and how his music relates to the modern ego. We’ll also listen to the Hammer Clavier Sonata, Symphony No. 3, and the Quartet for Strings, Opus 131 in C# Minor.
Estimated average course time for completion of this course: 2 weeks