Beethoven's Eroica and the Romantic Revolution *NEW*

Jean-Jacques Rousseau sparked a revolution in thought, launching the Romantic period across Europe. Ludwig van Beethoven's character was suited exactly to this new emphasis on subjective expression. His “Eroica” Symphony blew away the standards of symphonic form, forging a revolutionary new path toward the expression of personal and philosophical ideals in the arts. We will examine that explosive time in European thought and politics, and the symphony that launched a revolution in art. Instructor: Richard Knisley