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Framing Beethoven—A Lecture Series

Two Men Contemplating the Moon (detail)

Friday, February 15, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

Setting the Stage: A Few Notes on Romantic Painting
Kathryn Calley Galitz, Associate Museum Educator
The rise of Romanticism in the early nineteenth century signaled a rejection of Neoclassical ideals. Reason and order gave way to emotion and untamed nature, and the notion of the man of genius captured the popular imagination. This talk focuses on works by Beethoven's contemporaries, including Delacroix and Friedrich, setting the stage for the Romantic revolution.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

The Roar That Lies on the Other Side of Silence
Edmund Morris, the Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer of Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, is also a classically trained pianist and the author of Beethoven: The Universal Composer. In this talk, which includes audio clips and keyboard examples, Morris explores how a deaf genius made art out of his disability, examining the ways in which many of Beethoven's most exquisite (or sometimes frightening) sound effects may have arisen from his deafness.

Friday, February 22, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

Beethoven: The Sights and Sounds of the Romantic Sublime
Marsha Morton, Professor, Pratt Institute
Beethoven began composing in the 1790s, when theories of Romanticism and the sublime were being formulated in Germany. This talk will consider the context within which his music came to embody the dark drives, metaphysical essence, and "endless longing" (E. T. A. Hoffmann) that inspired generations of musicians, artists, and writers, and figured prominently in shifting definitions of artistic and national identity.

Two Fridays and one Tuesday at 6:00: $60

Special Series Price: Buy single tickets for any two of these talks and pay just $20 per ticket. Valid on phone orders only: 212-570-3949

Buy single tickets for any two of these talks and pay just $20 per ticket. V: 212-570-3949

Above: Caspar David Friedrich (German, 1774–1840). Two Men Contemplating the Moon (detail), ca. 1825–30. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Wrightsman Fund, 2000 (2000.51)

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The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium and the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education are equipped with infrared sound enhancement systems (with headsets and neck loops). To obtain a headset or neck loop please ask an usher. Headsets and neck loops are available free of charge with identification. Real-time captioning is also available upon request.