Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the most recognized composers of classical music and has come to symbolize beauty, "genius," and technical perfection. In this course, we'll peer behind this beauty and discover that Mozart speaks to some of our most complex present-day concerns.
Mozart's music reflects the world of the Enlightenment, as well as challenges to its beliefs about reason and human nature. He also created musical comedies that make provocative, strikingly contemporary statements about power, gender, privilege, and sexuality. And, he delighted in musical engineering challenges and thought carefully about how we perceive music.
Our focus works will range from symphonies and piano music to musical theatre. We'll also explore Mozart's afterlife: how his music has figured in film and popular culture. This course is open to all - no previous musical experience is required.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU Hum; AS HUM; FA HUM; AR HUM