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Early Registration for Fall 2022 ended Friday, July 15. Please note that study groups were assigned by lottery after early registration closed, and some study groups are now full.

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Fall 2022 courses begin the week of September 12 and run through the week of November 28. There will be no courses September 26-27, October 5, or October 10. Monday 5b courses will begin the week of October 31, Tuesday and Wednesday 5b courses will begin the week of October 24, and Thursday 5b courses will begin the week of October 17. View the fall 2022 schedule.

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Time Class

Period 1
9:30 am to 10:55 am

Appreciating Bach's Cantatas
Gil Harel
5 week course - October 21 - November 18


MUS4-5b-Fri1   Appreciating Bach's Cantatas

Study Group Leader (SGL) – Gil Harel

Friday– Course Period 1 – 9:30 am to 10:55 am

5 week course - October 21 - November 18

Description   Bach’s more than two hundred surviving cantatas comprise one of the single greatest treasure troves in the western canon. These works remain nebulous to many listeners and even to some Bach enthusiasts as a result of their being in German text, three hundred years old, musically complex, and steeped in Lutheran orthodoxy. This course will use a multidisciplinary approach to analyze these complex works and make them more accessible to listeners of all levels of musical sophistication. During our studies, we will analyze individual cantatas through considering the inspiration for Bach’s composing of any particular cantata; the spiritual message he intended for his congregants to absorb; the instruments he used to achieve coloristic effects; his approach to writing cantatas; and how his approach changed over the course of his career. We will explore who would have heard this music and how posterity viewed it. Through this course students will be able to better understand Bach’s magnificent cantatas, as well as the purpose of music in Bach’s world. 

Course Materials   Links to a variety of free online resources, including scores, libretti, program notes, and more available through the class website. Listening excerpts available through YouTube, and all scores available through the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) or through bach-cantatas.com. 

Preparation Time   Approximately 2 hours/week, split between listening and reading assignments. 

Biography   Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from western classical repertoire to jazz and musical theater. He received the "Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching” from CUNY Baruch College and the Merit Award for Exemplary Service at the Naugatuck Valley Community College where he is an Associate Professor of Music. At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, a cappella ensemble, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions. 

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