The Beethoven Symphonies
6 Monday Evenings 7:00-9:00PM, May 8—June 12
with Russell Steinberg, Ph.D.
At the home of Elaine Albert in Westwood, Los Angeles
Today the Beethoven symphonies are a kind of cultural ambassador for classical music, universally revered as the best that classical music has to offer. In six evenings, we will explore the first symphony which brazenly begins on the "wrong" chord, the revolutionary third symphony ("Eroica") inspired by Napoleon that literally changed the course of music history, the romantic and not-as well-known fourth symphony followed by the most famous symphony ever written: the defiant fifth, the great nature symphony ("Pastorale") and, of course, the choral ninth symphony with its spiritual call for universal brotherhood.