This course is designed to familiarize you with the life, the work, and the time period of one of the world's greatest composers; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The course explores his early years as a child prodigy, then it documents his musical maturity through his early years, and then moves into his adult hood up to his early death at 35. We look at his struggles: the stealing of his compositions, those jealous of his genius and hard work, and how he struggled to exist within a system where the nobility in Europe was in charge of his existence by controlling his income and his residency.
This course presents basic and detailed information interweaving Beethoven's music and his life through the use of biographical and art historical materials, which consist mostly of correspondence written between Mozart, and close members of his family, plus letters from others who provide other points of view. We examine the creative process and the historical context in which his music was produced with an emphasis on gaining an overall understanding of the importance of Mozart's work today, and how you might use his music to enrich your classroom. Students will further explore his work by listening to a sonata, concerto, serenade or opera from their local library.
A. To have a basic understanding of the chronology of Mozart's life and the development of his music and career.
B. To appreciate and understand how a great musician handled the devastating effects of becoming "great" before his time, and how he handled those who plotted against him, and how the struggle for income was always an underlying problem.
C. To have a basic understanding of the musical terminology used to describe music of Mozart's time and of today.
D. To be able to use Mozart's life and music in the classroom.
E. To experience and to be familiar with at least two of Mozart's greatest symphonies.
F. To encourage students to explore and use more of Mozart's music in the classroom.
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