VIRTUAL Beethoven: Music and Revolution
There is perhaps no composer in the western canon whose name is more recognizable than that of Ludwig van Beethoven. A child prodigy, famed at the time for his improvisation skills at the keyboard, Beethoven would grow up to become one of the leading European composers in many genres, including piano sonatas, string quartets, symphonies, and more. The story of how he fought off despair as he lost his hearing and composed masterpiece after masterpiece, still inspires.
Despite the name recognition attached to his legacy, many mysteries continue to spark the curiosity of neophytes and devotees alike. How can a deaf man compose music? What makes his music so "special"? What sort of person was the real historical Beethoven?
During this program presented via Zoom, musicologist and music theorist, Dr. Gil Harel will discuss some of Beethoven's most celebrated works, including piano sonatas and symphonies. Using a balance of biographical investigation, score analysis, and reasonable conjecture, he will attempt to illuminate what it is about Beethoven that has cemented his status as a quasi-deity in the western world.
The presentation will include listening excerpts and video clips.
Dr. Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) teaches at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he has thrice been 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.
Register with your email and you will receive the zoom link the day before the program.
This program is made possible with the support of The Friends of the Livingston Public Library.
- Monday, September 13, 2021
- 7:00pm - 8:30pm
- Livingston Public Library