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Beethoven: The Sights and Sounds of the Romantic Sublime

Evening: Landscape with an Aqueduct (detail)

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.

Above: Théodore Gericault (French, 1791–1824). Evening: Landscape with an Aqueduct (detail), 1818. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Gift of James A. Moffett 2nd, in memory of George M. Moffett, by exchange, 1989 (1989.183)

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