MUSI 112 - Lecture 6 - Melody: Mozart and Wagner

Lecture 6 - Melody: Mozart and Wagner

Overview

This lecture discusses melody and aesthetics; Professor Wright raises the question of what makes a melody beautiful, and uses excerpts from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Wagner's Tristan and Isolde and Mozart's Marriage of Figaro to explore this issue. Throughout the discussion, the foundations of classical phrase-structure and harmonic progressions are used to explain some of the choices these three composers made.

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Special thanks to Naxos, LLC for providing recordings from the Naxos Music Library for use in connection with the Open Yale Courses publication of Craig Wright's Listening to Music course. For specific credits, see:

Assignment

Wright, Craig. Listening to Music, Ch. 15, 27

Chinese edition: trans. Li and Yu, Ch. 16, 27-28

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