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Week 12: Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Opera was invented at the beginning of the Baroque period, around 1600, but the first flowering of indisputably great works came with Mozart. He composed about a dozen, but there are four that are absolutely crucial: The Marriage of Figaro, … Continue reading

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Week 7: Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491

This is going to sound a little silly, but I think Mozart’s piano concertos are actually underrated. Obviously, in the grand scheme of things nothing that the man ever touched lacks recognition. But in the popular, mainstream imagination the concertos … Continue reading

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Week 2: Beethoven’s Sonata in A major for Piano and Cello, Op. 69

The Opus 69 sonata was composed in 1808, during what is often called Beethoven’s “Heroic” period. This is after he realized he was losing his hearing and became somewhat obsessed with ideas of heroism and, in particular, the figure of … Continue reading

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