Haydn & Mozart
Posted by Kay on April 28, 1998 at 20:21:56:
In response to Mozart, written by P. Bingham on April 28, 1998 at 17:22:32
] [but Mozart published a lot of stuff for the bourgeoisie to play in their own homes.]
] This was so very true and most revolutionary. Mozart's music was in fact written with the middle class in mind and it was their audience that mozart was after. It was Mozart who wrote and performed (wherever possible) his operas in German instead of the Italian that was considered a prerequisite at the time. He was a middle-class man's man!
Haydn was considered Esterhazy's servant had had to wear his livery. In the early 1800s, around the time of Jane Austen's books, he was "liberated," (his Esterhazy died, and the successor wasn't interested in music) and he made many trips to England. Symphonies 92 through 104 were written for his Oxford and London appearances. I wonder if Jane Austen ever saw him.
Most of Mozart's operas were written in Italian. He lived by commissions, and most with money to spend were upper class. The only opera I know of written in German, "Die Zauberflote" or "The Magic Flute," was written for Schickneder, and the patron's of his establishment were "lower middle class."
- Mozart & the Big Picture P. Bingham 00:57:36 4/29/98 (0)
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