b'The Creative World of Beethoven By Karl MiddlemanFridays: March 13 & 27, 2 p.m.(Ashcroft Movie Theater) Session Two: Beethovens Seismic ShiftSession One:Beethoven On Top of the WorldAround 1801, Beethoven embarked on a new, heroic style. Such beloved masterworks as the Initially more impressed with Beethovens Eroica (Symphony No. 3), the Fifth Symphony, pianism than with his music, Viennese the Fourth and Fifth piano concertos, and the audiences were moved (frequently to tears)Razumovsky string quartets all hail from this by his impassioned, explosive improvisations.middle period. The music was longer and more Yet, some complained that he was a virtuosic. Critics were far from smitten writing string snapper and a hammer that he was, afflicted with the sign of Cain. breaker. According to Beethovens But the public loved the emotional wallop student, Carl Czerny, Apart from the and muscular passion of the new works. Well beauty of his ideas and his ingenious open the door to Beethovens most revered manner of expressing them, there is middle-period music. Come on in. something magical about his playing.Well visit a few of his greatest compositionsAs both a conductor and educator, Karl Middleman for piano through historic interpreters likeis a maestro at mixing scholarship and showmanship. Claudio Arrau and Annie Fischer.He teaches at Temple and the Chautauqua Institute.35'