Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Essential Opera - Reading Together - Part 9

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the most influential composers in German opera. He was born and grew up in Salzburg, Austria. To this day, Salzburg continues to be a major hub for classical music. He began playing the clavier (a precursor to the piano) at age 4 and actually composed little pieces at age 5.

He composed a couple of minor operas in his teenage years, and moved towards composing more operas in his thirties. Mozart's most famous operas include The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, and The Magic Flute.

If you're looking to introduce children to Mozart's operas, I highly recommend the CD Mozart's Magic Fantasy: A Journey through 'The Magic Flute.' It's produced by the same organization that released Beethoven Lives Upstairs. It weaves the music into a storyline that is engaging for students of all ages.

What's your favorite Mozart opera or piece?
Leave your comments and impressions below. And, don't forget to read the tenth installment for next week.

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