Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Imagine living in the mid-1700s, eking out a living, struggling, expecting a short, hard life.  Imagine also the royalty of the day and their kingly estates, shaping the destiny of cities and villages, rich and poor.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born into that life in January 1756.  And while Mozart’s music is known the world over, his life and the forces that shaped it are not so well known.

Jay Rosenblatt, associate professor of music history at the University of Arizona and organizer of music seminars in the UA Humanities Seminar Series, led two of this year’s sessions with an overview of Mozart’s life, focusing particularly on the music for, and inspired by, his association with the Freemasons. He will give a lecture based on those seminars at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 8) in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room.

Mozart’s output was extraordinary:  40 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 5 violin concertos, concertos for flute, oboe, horn, and the recently developed clarinet, 23 operas and singspiel including the Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, and Marriage of Figaro.  In all 626 separate, completed, cataloged compositions.  His extraordinary Requiem Mass was almost finished when he died one month short of his 36th birthday.

Jay Rosenblatt

“Mozart’s choices for the works he composed were often motivated by factors outside his desires or inspiration,” Rosenblatt says. He will take his ASA audience into “four of the most important genres for Mozart: sacred music, opera, piano concerto, and chamber music,” illustrating his points with slides and audio and video recordings.

Through it all Mozart gives us music of unparalleled liveliness and beauty, music of energizing vitality, rich melody and counterpoint, always at a focused pace.

Written by Ted Hullar, Academy Village Volunteer

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Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at info@arizonasenioracademy.org or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to www.asa-tucson.org.

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

How Mozart’s Life Shaped His Music: November 2017
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