Beethoven’s Literary Afterlife

Monday, April 20, 2020  6:15pm The Italian Academy


Free and open to the public

First come, first seated

No registration necessary

How did Beethoven influence the other arts? And how did literature shape the composer’s reputation? In an exploration of Beethoven’s literary afterlife through the lens of chamber performance, this event will examine the formation of a musical legacy. The event will feature faculty lectures by professors Nicholas Dames (Columbia), Arden Hegele (Columbia), and Nicholas Chong (Rutgers), as well as a performance of Beethoven’s violin sonata no. 7 (Op. 30, no. 2) by Chad Hoopes and Anne-Marie McDermott. The panel will be moderated by Elaine Sisman (Columbia).

Nicholas Dames (Columbia):  “Beethoven, Musical Language, and the Novel.”

Arden Hegele (Columbia): “A Literary Anatomy of Beethoven’s Ear.”

Nicholas Chong (Rutgers): “Beethoven, Instrumental Music and the Religion of Art.”

This event is part of Carnegie Hall’s Beethoven Celebration.

Presented by the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Italian Academy, Columbia University.


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