Beethoven in the Twilight of the Enlightenment

11 Jul 2018

On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, Gil Harel kicked off the first lecture in his new Beethoven series.

Week 1: Beethoven in the Twilight of the Enlightenment Ludwig van Beethoven was not yet 6 years old when the Declaration of Independence was signed. This perhaps serves to remind us that the young composer grew up in an era very much dominated by Enlightenment thoughts and philosophies. And yet, by the time he moved to Vienna to pursue his destiny in the great “City of Musicians”, society was changing rapidly. During this program, we will discuss Beethoven’s childhood and adolescence, comparing him - as is so often the case - to W. A. Mozart. Our repertoire discussion will cover works which reflect the logical and rational aspects of the late 18th century, as well as works which foreshadow the deeply personal and passionate attributes evinced by art of the coming era.

About the Presenter Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from classical repertoire to jazz and popular music, as well as opera, medieval, and renaissance music. 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 recently presented with the coveted “Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College.” At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, 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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