Mozart pushed the genre of opera to the point of comprehensive reinvention in his brief life, continually excelling in its composition and continually delighting audiences. Perhaps no composer has ever loved opera with more passion. Teaching Company favorite Professor Robert Greenberg examines Mozart's life, influences, and major operas. The scandalous Cosi fan tutte, crystalline Magic Flute, majestic Don Giovanni, and glowing Marriage of Figaro are among the works examined at length.
Mozart's operas vie with each other to be among the greatest achievements of artistic striving. This course examines his operas and the genesis of his genius. In this series we are summoned to understand more fully the height of Mozart's operatic achievement by analyzing two masterpieces closely. The course also invites us to fathom the enigma of Mozart's meteoric genius by studying his career and development. Professor Greenberg is not an idolator-he reminds us that Mozart was a man, a human, trying to make a name and a living. Professor Greenberg shows that Mozart was an "irreverent revolutionary" who did not worship the past. Accordingly, says Professor Greenberg, "this course is somewhat different than you might expect. It brings Mozart's art refreshingly down to earth. It does not trivialize opera, nor does it put it on a pedestal." The structure of the course is somewhat unusual. The 24 lectures are in 3 parts of 8 lectures each. The first and third parts concentrate your attention on two works of surpassing beauty and accomplishment, Cosi fan tutte and The Magic Flute. The middle 8 lectures of the course-a biographical flashback, if you will-study Mozart's early life and development from the first opera he wrote (when he was 11 years old) to Don Giovanni, completed when he was 31.
ContentsLecture 1. 1789
Lecture 2-8. Così fan tutte, part one-part seven
Lecture 9. The first works
Lecture 10. The Italian apprenticeship ; Lecture 11-12. The professional, part one-part two
Lecture 13. Vienna and Abduction
Lecture 14. Salieri, Da Ponte, and The marriage of Figaro
Lecture 15-16. Don Giovanni, part one-two
Lecture 17. Mozart, Masonry, and The magic flute
Lecture 18-24. The magic flute, part two-part eight.
|Series||Great courses (DVD)|
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus,
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, -- 1756-1791. -- Così fan tutte.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, -- 1756-1791. -- Nozze di Figaro.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, -- 1756-1791. -- Don Giovanni.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, -- 1756-1791. -- Zauberflöte.
Operas -- Analysis, appreciation.
|Publisher|| Chantilly, Va. :Teaching Company,2002
Robert Greenberg, teacher.
6 videodiscs : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 3 course guides (22 cm)