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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Other upcoming Olios


Oct 15

Olio Seminar | Kafka will Ruin Your Life and Make You Laugh About it

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:30 p.m. at Strong Rope Brewery

Sign Up - $60

Oct 21

Attraction or Fetish? Exploring Racial Trends in Dating

Taught by Kim Nguyen
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15

Oct 22

The Fear of Leisure

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7:30 p.m. at Threes Brewing // Greenpoint

Sign Up - $15

Oct 23

Eros: The Geometry of Desire

Taught by Jamie Warren
7:30 p.m. at Moon Rise Studio

Sign Up - $15

Oct 27

Olio Breakfast Club | Frankenstein: Who is the Monster?

Taught by Patricia Kim
1 p.m. at Threes Brewing // Greenpoint

Sign Up - $15

Oct 30

Olio Workshop | Modern Anxiety and Ancient Healing Arts

Taught by Darryl Aiken-Afam
7:30 p.m. at St John's Episcopal Church

Sign Up - $125

Nov 4

Olio Fiction Workshop | Challenging the Received Boundaries of Genre

Taught by Kat Rejsek
7 p.m. at Little Roy // Flatbush

Sign Up - $175

Nov 15

Do You Have Kids? The Politics of Motherhood

Taught by Ifeoma Ike
7:30 p.m. at The William Vale Hotel

Sign Up - $15

Nov 22

Anti-Education

Taught by Vishwa Adluri
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20


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