OlioMuse | Beethoven's Minor Mood

Gustav Klimt - Beethoven Frieze (re-creation)

The difference between major and minor tonalities is something that most listeners - veterans and neophytes alike - can detect. A major-mode work might strike a listener as joyous, triumphant, heroic, or ebullient, while a minor-mode work might be associated with sadness, lamentation, despair and the like. In contrast to his classical-era predecessors, Beethoven embraced the minor mode in many of his most famous works, including the Pathetique Sonata, Moonlight Sonata, Fifth Symphony, and more. In this Olio, Professor Gil Harel, accompanied by Cellists of Groupmuse, will take us through the expressive qualities of these Beethoven works and discuss their role in revolutionizing music of the 19th century.

*There will be complimentary beer sponsored by Sixpoint Brewery at this OlioMuse and tickets go fast so come snag a spot on the floor to relax and enjoy the warmth and double stimulation of this live music Olio.*




Location: Strand Bookstore

828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

The Rare Book Room at Strand Bookstore boasts an elegant venue for our Friday night residency.




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Aug 20

Dementia Americana: The Persistence of Forgetting

Taught by Ward Regan
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

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Aug 21

Prospect Park Philosophy | Art vs. Reality

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:15 p.m. at Prospect Park (Grand Army Entrance)

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Aug 21

Philosophy Club | "God is Dead"

Taught by Jeanne Proust
8 p.m. at Living Room

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Aug 22

Margaret Fuller, Beethoven, and Revolution in the Minds of Women

Taught by Christina Katopodis
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Aug 24

OlioHouse Finale | The Problem with the End of the World

Taught by Michael Prettyman
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

Aug 28

Eastern Philosophy and Relationships: The Interplay of Yin & Yang

Taught by Darryl Aiken-Afam
7 p.m. at The Assemblage | NoMad

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Sep 17

Mediated Intimacy: The Dating App Landscape

Taught by Pani Farvad
7 p.m. at Living Room

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Sep 19

* Sold Out * OlioTrip | Cienfuegos, Cuba

Taught by Teresita Levy
10 a.m. at Cienfuegos, Cuba

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