Music 27: Haydn and Mozart

Our daily lives are saturated with the music of Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amad√® Mozart; their music forms the core of the canon of Western art music; we encounter their music everywhere, from concert halls and movie soundtracks, to grocery stores and in shopping malls. This semester, we will explore the lives and music of these two remarkable composers, who led powerfully contrasting but intertwined lives. We will study in depth the major genres of Enlightenment-era music in terms of style, structure, technique, and aesthetics. We will also become familiar with the intellectual and social contexts in which Haydn and Mozart worked and the importance of their music within Enlightenment society. This class does not have a formal music requirement: students are not expected to read music or have any prior experience with music theory.