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Starring: Elizabeth Handley

Compiled and Presented by Elizabeth Handley

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was no innovator, but with his exceptional gifts he brought the existing “Classical” forms of his time to an extraordinary peak of beauty and perfection.

This lecture is an introduction to an exceptional genius, and includes the historical and political background to the 18th century in Europe, activities in the musical and other creative fields of his era, and the exact nature and aesthetic of “Classical” music – his oeuvre. It was the period of the Rococo, and the Age of Enlightenment, during which the writings of the celebrated philosophers of the time exerted considerable influence on the arts.

Included is an exploration of Mozart’s quirky, mercurial personality, and the distinctive and instantly recognisable “musical fingerprints”, or characteristics that constitute his music uniquely “Mozartian”.

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