Robert and Clara Schumann: Love in the Age of Romanticism with Gil Harel

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Gil is back and you won't want to miss this look at the profound music of the Schumann's during the 1800's.

Robert and Clara Schumann might very well be described as music history's ultimate "power couple." Two musicians of superlative skill, their relationship was a complimentary one. When Robert could no longer perform his virtuosic works, Clara - widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the century - was both his muse and interpreter. Tragically, Robert suffered a psychological collapse in 1854 and, at the age of 44, was committed to a mental institution where he wasted away for nearly two and a half years before dying in 1856. Join Professor Gil Harel as he discusses the lives and works of two artists whose love suffuses so much of what they left behind. 

About Gil Harel

Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from western classical repertoire to jazz and musical theater. Previously, he served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College (where he was awarded the prestigious "Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching").

Currently, he is Professor of Music at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he has been presented with the AFT "Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College" for 4 consecutive years. In 2020, he was honored with the coveted Connecticut Board of Regents (BOR) Teaching Award. At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, a cappella ensemble, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions.

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