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Into the Enlightenment, Part I: Music after the Death of Bach


Tuesday, November 19, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room

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Join us for week one of this four-week series presented by Dr. Gil Harel.

What is the purpose of music? Is the role of the composer, as Bach stated, “…to compose a well-regulated or orderly church music to the Glory of God”? How can we square this outlook with Mozart’s emphasis on ear-pleasing melody? The 18th century bore witness to some of the most important sociological events in recorded history. Central among these in European society was the “Aufklärung”, or Enlightenment. We begin our odyssey at the end of the baroque period, where Dr. Gil Harel will discuss the oratorios of G.F. Handel and the keyboard works of C.P.E. Bach.

Can't make the live event? Check out the video recording at DarienLibrary.tv

About the Presenter

Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from western classical repertoire to jazz. Previously, he has served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College, where he was awarded the prestigious "Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching", as well as the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. Currently, he teaches at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he was presented with the "Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College." At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, a cappella ensemble, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions. Outside of teaching, he enjoys staying active as a pianist and vocalist.

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