A Beethoven work, the meaning of which has been a subject of fierce debate for nearly two centuries, will be dissected and explained by a University of Arkansas – Fort Smith professor during a presentation at 7:30 p.m. April 5.


Dr. Stephen Husarik, professor of humanities and music, will present “Solving Beethoven’s Rubik’s Cube: ‘Gross Fuge,’ Opus 133” at the Breedlove Auditorium, located at 5120 Grand Ave., alongside the Archduke String Quartet. The event is free and open to the public.


During the presentation, Husarik will discuss the conditions under which Beethoven composed the famous work, the possible source of its main tune, and the mechanics of its construction and why it has puzzled audiences and critics over the years. Additionally, 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 will outline evidence gathered from Beethoven’s sketchbooks, manuscripts and other sources located in libraries across Europe to support his claims.


“This is an opportunity to learn about musical research in action and see history come to life onstage with demonstration performances,” Husarik said.


Husarik has a lifelong interest in the music of Beethoven, with professional papers read and published 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.


For more information, contact Husarik at 479-788-7555 or Stephen.husarik@uafs.edu.


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