Miscellaneous Mozart Mosaics

Friday May 12th, Mozart Miscellanies, Chris Livingstone

- wandering through YouTube

Just as with secondhand bookshops in the past, I now find myself equally diverted by YouTube; I start by looking up one item then get caught in the ‘Net often emerging hours later. Search for “Mozart” and you’ll find enough to keep you entertained, educated and amused for all the months it takes you to recover from a broken hip. For this session I have chosen a few YouTube videos, some purely for pleasure, others highlighting certain aspects of Mozart’s life. Peter Shaffer’s play and the Milos Forman film, both entitled Amadeus, showed a controversial element of Mozart’s character which I shall raise with you. But I shall start my session by focusing on the most essential element of opera, the voice. Since we have recently heard the countertenor in Handel’s works I have found recordings of male sopranos (sopranists). I shall provide links to these excerpts after the session.

Friday May 19th, Mozart

Mosaics - Brenda Smith

A look at the broader picture of Mozart’s short life of 35 years. Luckily he was a child prodigy composing from the age of 5 years. In the excellent BBC production of ‘In Search of Mozart’ (thanks Ewen and Pat) we see how his musical genius develops. We will also be looking at Cosi fan tutte, a later comic masterpiece, about faithfulness and romantic love. The excellent DVD recording is from La Scala  (thanks Dorothy). Review. Watch a 1992 French production. The Plot according to Brenda
6-12 May: Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus  from National Theatre Live, Cinema Nova