Beethoven, Schiller and the American Spirit

In Class 4 of the Summer Lecture Series, on August 23, 2020, Fred Haight presented the second part of his exciting class, "Beethoven as an American Composer," looking more closely into his relationship to the ideas of "the poet of freedom," Friedrich Schiller. 

The American Revolution had unleashed a new force in the world, as reflected famously in Schiller's play Wilhelm Tell.

Beethoven's revolutionary spirit was a direct challenge to the oligarchical police-state imposed by the 1815 Congress of Vienna in the aftermath of Napoleon's imperial ravaging of Europe.

This is the fourth of the Schiller Institute Chorus Summer Lecture Series.

These classes are free.

While we continue to diligently prepare for the time when we will be able to return safely to public events, we hope you continue to enjoy taking this time with us to delve into some of the secrets of classical art.

Thank you for your continued support during the crisis. Donations are greatly appreciated.

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