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