Music in the Age of Faith: Johann Sebastian Bach

19 Jul 2017

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Gil Harel presented the first lecture in his classical music series.

The music of J.S. Bach has come to represent the culmination of the period historians refer to as “baroque.” During this program, we will explore several of his works, including a vocal genre known as the “church cantata” as well as a complex and polyphonic organ fugue. As we unravel the nature of these works, we will consider the signature phrase that Bach included at the end of every manuscript: Soli Deo Gloria - “For the glory of God alone.”

About the Presenter

Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose primary research focuses on the choral music of J.S. Bach. In addition to baroque vocal music, his musical interests include styles ranging from jazz to popular music, as well as opera, renaissance music, and contemporary genres. In addition to serving on the faculty at Baruch College in New York City, Gil has lectured at Brandeis University and has taught at the Allegro Music School in Natick, Massachusetts. In 2014, he was appointed Assistant Director of the Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College. He is also an experienced jazz pianist and tenor vocalist who has performed with various groups in the New York/New England area.

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