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Even from the perspective of time, it is nearly impossible to grasp the full contribution made to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his brief and glorious life. He composed his first symphony at the age of 8 and reached full artistic maturity by the time he was only 20. And when he died at the age of 35, he left a legacy of more than 600 works of brilliance - symphonies, chamber music, operas, and more - most composed during an incredibly productive 20-year period.
But even though it can well take a lifetime to fully grasp the achievement of the man described by Rossini as "the only composer who had as much knowledge as genius and as much genius as knowledge", every step of that journey toward understanding will be a joy - one you can begin with this fascinating eight-lecture series, which can serve as both a stand-alone introduction to this extraordinary composer or as the gateway to a lifetime of appreciation and pleasure.
Beginning with an examination of the many myths that surround Mozart to this day, Professor Greenberg offers not only an understanding of his music, but also a realistic view of Mozart the boy and man, from his emergence as youthful prodigy to his posthumous deification.You'll learn about his difficult and ultimately doomed relationship with his father, his troubled marriage, his relationships with luminaries like Haydn, Emperor Joseph II, and his operatic librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte, and the triumphs and disappointments that marked his career - including the astonishing and inexplicable creative recovery that enabled him to create his great Masonic opera, The Magic Flute, only months before his death.
©2000 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2000 The Great Courses
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By Sher from Provo on 07-23-14

More Great Listening!

After having listened to Dr. Greenberg's course on the Thirty Greatest Orchestra Works, I had to have more, and decided to give this one a try. Although I have always had a great appreciation for the music of Mozart and truly love many of the things he has written, I can’t say that he has been one of my all time favorite composers. With the insights I gained from this Great Courses class taught by Dr. Robert Greenberg, I must say the great genius has moved up in my estimation. My understanding of his music is markedly better, and I can now say he truly is one of my favorite composers. The world lost him way too soon at the age of nearly 36, but thank goodness for the things he was able to give us.

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By Paul on 09-23-13

Fantastic summary of this amazing composer.

What did you love best about Great Masters: Mozart - His Life and Music?

Unedited, unsugar coated, and as it was summary of his life. Very eye opening and it makes me appreciate his music so much more.

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By Iulian Circiumaru on 09-27-16


Great story, great insights, beautiful performance! Simply amazing!!
A must listen. Again and again!
Do not miss it.

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By Francis Carpenter on 01-09-17


An fantastic analysis of Mozart's life and works. Professor Greenberg strips away the rubbish and myth (no Hollywood idiotic superficial portrayal here thank God!) and gets to Mozart the man, a complex personality. I loved his enthusiasm and no nonsense approach. A thought provoking analysis on probably the greatest composer in history.

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