Approaching Late Beethoven

Join Candlelight Concert Society and the Howard County Library System for a Beethoven lecture presented by Dr. Richard Giarusso

In the last ten years of Beethoven’s life, he embarked upon an extraordinary creative journey that pushed his groundbreaking style in startling new directions. Such monumental projects as the Missa Solemnis, the Ninth Symphony, and the Diabelli Variations were products of this “late” period in Beethoven’s life, but, above all, the decade was dominated by an intense focus on the string quartet. In this presentation, we will consider some of the factors that define Beethoven’s “late” style—features that marked new directions in Beethoven’s compositional thought, that mystified Beethoven’s contemporaries, and that still have the power to astonish audiences today.

Richard Giarusso is Chair of the Musicology Department at The Peabody Conservatory, where he teaches classes in 19th- and 20th-century music. He holds a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Harvard University and a BA in Music and English from Williams College. A skilled and dynamic lecturer, he has presented talks for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Bach Consort, the Shriver Hall Concert Series, and The Baltimore Museum of Art. In addition to his academic work, Richard maintains an active career as a singer and conductor throughout the Northeast. He currently serves as music director of the Georgetown Chorale in Washington, D.C., and as artistic director of the Voce Chamber Singers in northern Virginia.

Approaching Late Beethoven