WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: THE MUSIC, THE COMPOSER, THE CLASSICAL ERA
Taught by Stephen A. Gottlieb,
Emeritus Professor of English Literature
THURSDAYS, 1- 3 PM in Room 101 Bangs
Community Center: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13.
This course is free, but please sign up at the Senior Center if possible.
In this first of two courses on the music of Mozart (1756-1791), we
will watch performances (video) of select concertos for violin, piano,
symphonies, chamber music, and opera. His representative compositions
provide occasions to study Mozart’s music in the context of
Viennese classicism and its multiple audiences, the art and philosophy
of the Enlightenment, and the connections between his life and his art.
We will also consider the changing historical and stylistic approaches
to performing his music. His letters show that he was much more
interested in people and ideas than in things, and it is this genuine
interest that informs the music of his operas, where his music serves as
a manifestation of characters. Much of his music reveals his understanding
of life translated into musical ideas. Mozart composed with
such facility and fecundity that one has to marvel at an enormous
productivity and inventiveness that dwarfs the output of many
composers who lived to be twice his age. As paragons of a grace,
balance, and wit we associate also with Haydn and Beethoven, many
of Mozart’s compositions break new musical ground, revealing new
ways to express the variety and depth of emotion and ideas.
“As always, I have designed this course for people who enjoy classical
music, or who are curious about it, with a format of lectures, watching
live performances of the music, and discussion.“
Prof. Stephen A. Gottlieb email@example.com