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"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales
painting by Katie Bergenholtz

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791

We have begun our study of the classical period with Wolfgang Mozart. The classical music period roughly extended from 1750 – 1820 “has been broadened to subsume the entire period between the more heavily-ornate Baroque and the more emotionally-charged Romantic eras; while admittedly simplistic, the term “classical” does suggest the emphasis for orderly, balanced, and natural musical discourse that marks this period. It is not unrelated that these years correspond to the Enlightenment and the rise of democracy, to which the straightforward and often “popular” approach to musical expression formed a logical counterpart.”



In taking a look at Mozart this week, we learned about Rondos.
Rondos: An instrumental composition in which the main theme is alternated with contrasting themes.
If the main theme is labeled A, and the other sections are labeled B, C, and D, the form of a rondo would be A-B-A-C-A-D-A.

We also love Classical Kids' Mozart's Magic Fantasy: A Journey Through 'The Magic Flute' and Mozart's Magnificent Voyage. Both CDs weave facts about his life with music and a story.
Other resources include:
The Story of Mozart

4 comments:

  1. I'm weird, but I love to listen to classical music while I'm reading or just working. I find it relaxing.

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  2. Another great entry about a great composer....you do such a great job!

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  3. Oooo. I'm pinning this. Thank you for all the great resources and inspiration you share, friend!

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  4. Phyllis, you know so many things!! I mostly only listen for the music, I don't know hardly anything about what music fits where or why!
    Thanks for sharing this with us! :)

    amy in peru

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