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Beethoven and the End of the Enlightenment

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Room

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

Though he grew up in the city of Bonn at the height of the “Aufklärung”, Beethoven's music would have a profound impact as the Enlightenment era came to a close. After all, what would a society that valued logic, reason, and balance think and say about music that defied expectation, stretched forms and toppled the harmonic structures of the day? Here Dr. Harel will focus on late Beethoven works, including piano sonatas and string quartets. As the romantic poets would later contend: Beethoven's music rejects reason, wisdom, balance and stability in favor of something far more raw and personal: emotion.

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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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