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Solving Beethoven’s Rubik’s Cube: Gross Fuge, Opus 133

April 5, 2017
7:30 p.m.

A Beethoven work, the meaning of which has been a subject of fierce debate for nearly two centuries, will be dissected and explained by Dr. Stephen Husarik, UAFS professor of humanities and music. Husarik will discuss the conditions under which Beethoven composed the famous work, the possible source of its main tune, the mechanics of its construction and why it has puzzled audiences and critics over the centuries. Husarik will perform on piano alongside violinist Lori Fay an arrangement of Willibald Gluck’s “Dance of the Blessed Spirits” as a likely source of the main tune of “Gross Fuge.” After the presentation, Husarik and members of the Archduke String Quartet will perform the complete work of “Gross Fuge.” Husarik has a lifelong interest in the music of Beethoven, and has published his research nationally and internationally in The Musical Times, Speculum Musicae, and the International Journal of Humanities. His research efforts were recently recognized in an article by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

Admission: Free.

Event Location and Contact Information:
UAFS Breedlove Auditorium
5120 Grand Avenue
Fort Smith, Arkansas


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