MUS 117 Mozart (Not offered 2004-2005)

This course will examine the extraordinary life and musical genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Through guided listening, students will gain appreciation of Mozart's classical compositional style and its timeless appeal. The class will explore Mozart's pivotal position as a musician in Viennese society; his strange combination of bawdy behavior and sublime artistry; his relationship with his domineering father, as well as with Haydn, Beethoven, and Salieri; and the myths about Mozart that have sprung up in the two centuries since his death. Evaluation will be based on class participation, listening quizzes, several short papers, and a final exam. No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 19.