Term 2 Meetings - The Classical Period (1750-1820 or so)

Beyond Baroque - Mozart, Rossini, Beethoven

The seventy years between Baroque and Romantic. What a leap from our term 1 composers! But the timelines link.  Mozart was born in 1756, Handel died in 1759. Mozart died in 1791. Looking forward to our term, Mozart was already an accomplished composer in Vienna when the then 16-year-old Beethoven first visited the city in 1787. Beethoven was taken to meet Mozart and may also have received lessons from him.  Rossini was born 5 years later (1792-1868). He made several attempts to meet Beethoven, then 51 and in failing health, and when they met, Beethoven praised The Barber of Seville, adding that he should never try to write anything other than opera buffa . Reminded that Rossini had already composed several serious operas, Beethoven is reported to have said, "Yes, I looked at them. Opera seria is ill-suited to the Italians. You do not know how to deal with real drama."

Here’s our meetings plan for the term

 - and some notable events in town

Mozart (1756-1791)

28 Apr: Le Nozze di Figaro (1786) 5 May: Don Giovanni (1787) 6-12 May: Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus from National Theatre Live, Cinema Nova 12 & 19 May: Miscellaneous Mozart Mosaics. Guest leaders Chris Livingstone (12th) and Brenda Smith (19th). 26 May: Die Zauberflöte (1791)

Rossini (1792-1868)

2 June: La Cenerentola (1817) 9 June: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1816) 16 June: Le Comte Ory (1828) 17-28 Jun: Mozart’s Idomeneo from the Met Live in HD, Cinema Nova

Beethoven (1770-1827)

23 June: His only opera, Fidelio (1805). 30 June: End of term off-site meeting: Fidelio (entire).

Classical Europe

1755 Johnson’s Dictionary 1763 End of Seven Years’ War 1773 Goldsmiths’s She Stoops to Conquer 1776 Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations 1792 Wollstonecraft’s Rights of Women 1793 Louis XVI guillotined 1814 Russia and Prussia capture Paris 1818 Ozymandias, Northanger Abbey, Frankenstein 1824 Charles X crowned king of France in Reims