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:
Mozart, The Wonder Boy, Opal Wheeler and companion CD
The Story of Mozart