Friday May 12th, Mozart Miscellanies, Chris Livingstone
- wandering through YouTube
Just as with secondhand bookshops in the past, I now find myself
equally diverted by YouTube; I start by looking up one item then get
caught in the ‘Net often emerging hours later.
Search for “Mozart” and you’ll find enough to keep you entertained,
educated and amused for all the months it takes you to recover from a
For this session I have chosen a few YouTube videos, some purely for
pleasure, others highlighting certain aspects of Mozart’s life. Peter
Shaffer’s play and the Milos Forman film, both entitled Amadeus,
showed a controversial element of Mozart’s character which I shall
raise with you.
But I shall start my session by focusing on the most essential element
of opera, the voice.
Since we have recently
heard the countertenor
in Handel’s works I
have found recordings
of male sopranos
I shall provide links to
these excerpts after the
Friday May 19th, Mozart
Mosaics - Brenda Smith
A look at the broader picture of
Mozart’s short life of 35 years.
Luckily he was a child prodigy
composing from the age of 5 years. In the excellent BBC production of ‘In
Search of Mozart’ (thanks Ewen and Pat) we see how his musical genius
We will also be looking at Cosi fan tutte, a later comic masterpiece, about
faithfulness and romantic love. The excellent DVD recording is from La
Scala (thanks Dorothy). Review. Watch a 1992 French production.
The Plot according to Brenda
6-12 May: Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus
from National Theatre Live,