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Forbidden Harmony and Forbidden Love: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde

January 18, 2023 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM


Richard Wagner (1813-1883) is perhaps the most polarizing composer in the western canon. His personal life was a storm of controversies and constant flight from debtors. No less stormy was the music he wrote and perhaps no opera by Wagner (or any other composer of the 19th century) is more of a lightning rod than “Tristan und Isolde”. In the opera (described by the man himself as a “Musik Drama”), Wagner used chromatic harmony in a way that European audiences could only begin to comprehend. From the tonally nebulous opening prelude to the rapturous “Liebestod” that closes the work, audiences are treated to a style that is both sublime and thought-provoking. Join Professor Gil Harel as he leads an exploration of this watershed stage work.

Dr. Harel, musicologist and music theorist, is an Associate Professor of Music at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he conducts the college chorale, a cappella ensemble, teaches music history and theory and serves as musical director of theater productions. Dr. Harel 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.


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January 18, 2023
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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