By the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:
- Identify the elements of the musical styles in the lighter works of Mozart.
- Describe the social context that provided the occasions for Mozart’s lighter works.
- Discuss what these works by Mozart tell us about his approaches to composition.
Your online learning will include the following methods:
- Participation in written discussions with other students
- Participation in videoconference seminars
For Liberal Arts for 55+ Certificate students: you will write a reflective essay.
Week 1: Marches and dances
Mozart's numerous dances for orchestra include minuets, contredanses, German dances, and landler. We will see that these various dance types carried specific associations of character and social class in the minds of 18th-century composers and listeners.
Week 2: Divertimenti
The divertimenti are extended chamber works that embrace a multiplicity of musical styles, from stately minuets to florid, songlike slow movements of Italianate character. Our survey will include the famous "Lodron Night Music" divertimento.
Week 3: Serenades and notturnos
Writing music for parties and celebrations stimulated Mozart to some striking experiments in instrumentation, such as the Serenata Notturna for strings and timpani or the Notturno "for four orchestras."
Week 4: Serenades and notturnos
Mozart's later serenades, such as the "Haffner" and "Posthorn," contain much irresistible music, some of which approaches the symphonic breadth and emotional range of the master's greatest orchestral works.
Books, materials and resources
You will access reading material using SFU's online course management system, Canvas.