Mozart and the nature of his life and work make up the topic of this lecture. Professor Wright begins by discussing the basic ways in which classical music differs from Baroque music. He then launches an exploration of Mozart's life and compositional process, making use of Mozart's letters and compositional sketches to illustrate his points. The lecture culminates with a performance of select scenes from Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, featuring guest singer Professor Richard Lalli. 00:00 - Chapter 1. From Baroque to Classical Music -- An Introduction 04:25 - Chapter 2. Glimpses of Mozart's Life in Letters 13:25 - Chapter 3. Musical Balance and Genius in Mozart's Compositional Sketches 34:20 - Chapter 4. Mozart's Don Giovanni and Conclusion
This course fosters the development of aural skills that lead to an understanding of Western music. The musical novice is introduced to the ways in which music is put together and is taught how to listen to a wide variety of musical styles, from Bach and Mozart, to Gregorian chant, to the blues.