Music in the Twilight of Tonality: Mahler and Beyond

09 Aug 2017

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, Gil Harel presented his fourth and final lecture in his classical music series.

As the 20th century approached, artists in various disciplines began to embrace elements which marked a significant departure from previous styles. Born in 1860, Gustav Mahler worked within familiar genres, but imbued these works with unique traits that make them unambiguously his. In other parts of Europe, composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg would take the music of the 20th century in a decidedly different direction.

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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