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Classical Music. Haydn, Mozart & Beethoven. What is Classical Music?. All music older than Mr. Waterman? Does it have something to do with Greco-Roman culture? No to both. Classical technically refers to music from about 1730 to 1815. Piano. Invented in 1700

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classical music

Classical Music

Haydn, Mozart & Beethoven

what is classical music
What is Classical Music?
  • All music older than Mr. Waterman?
  • Does it have something to do with Greco-Roman culture?
  • No to both.
  • Classical technically refers to music from about 1730 to 1815.
piano
Piano
  • Invented in 1700
  • Replaces harpsichord and clavichord as favorite keyboard instrument
  • Becomes the instrument of choice for virtuosos
terminology
Terminology
  • Score – a record of musical notation that indicates every sound to be played by each instrument.
  • Orchestra – instrumental grouping of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.
  • Symphony – an independent instrumental composition for full orchestra.
haydn
Haydn
  • “Father of the Symphony”
  • Spent 30 years as musical director for Esterhazy family.
    • Two opera theaters
    • Two concert halls
  • Good friends with Mozart
  • Early teacher of Beethoven
symphony no 94 in g major surprise
Symphony No. 94 in G Major, “Surprise”

What to listen for:

  • Folk-like theme in 2 phrases
  • Loud, crashing chord (the “surprise”) at the end of the first theme
  • Listen for the period string, wind, and percussion instruments
mozart
Mozart
  • Hands down the greatest musician/composer EVER.
  • Age 3 – Perfect Pitch
  • Age 5 – Master harpsichord player
  • Age 6 – First composition
  • Age 7 – Read, transpose, and harmonize any melody
  • Age 8 – First symphony
mozart1
Mozart
  • By 18 he had written 34 symphonies, 16 quartets, 5 operas, and over 100 other works
  • No single patron – worked freelance
  • Died at 35 with over 600 compositions to his name
serenade no 3 in g major k 525 eine kleine nachtmusik
Serenade No. 3 in G Major, K. 525 “EinekleineNachtmusik”

What to listen for:

  • Will sound lighter than Haydn’s work
  • String, chamber music style
  • Quick paced movement with 3 themes
  • Homophonic texture
requiem in d minor k 626 rex tremendae
Requiem In D Minor, K 626Rex Tremendae
  • Requiem – Funeral Mass
  • Commissioned while Mozart was trying to finish two other pieces
  • He died while writing it, but his student had enough information to finish it
beethoven
Beethoven
  • Born in Germany
  • Moved to Vienna at 17
  • Trained with Haydn
  • Numerous patrons
  • Constantly fell in love with upper class ladies
  • Never married
  • Started to go deaf in 1802
  • Died in 1827
piano sonata no 14 moonlight
Piano Sonata No. 14“Moonlight”

What to listen for:

  • Delicate character of melody
  • Singing quality of the piano
  • Continuous melody
symphony no 5 in c minor
Symphony No. 5 in C minor
  • One of the most popular and well-known compositions ever.
  • Written while in Vienna, which was occupied by Napoleon’s troops.
symphony no 9 in d minor ode to joy
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, “Ode to joy”
  • Adopted as the Theme for Europe
  • Transition piece from Classical to Romantic
  • Beethoven was deaf when he wrote it
  • While deaf, he conducted it at the premiere
egmont overture
Egmont Overture

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