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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart musical style and contributions

-Viennese Classical ideals

-explored, advanced, developed virtually all Classical genres

-counterpoint within homophonic textures

-symmetrical phrase structures (four-measure phreses)

-contribute to development of sonata form

-double-exposition sonata form in first movement of concerto

-harmonic language balanced diatonic and chromatic elements

-orchestral writing expanded use of wind instruments

-crystallized 18th-century piano style

-opera central to career

-compelling, realistic characters

-conventional recitativo secco: quickly advance plot

-sectional forms in arias

-vocal qualities and melodic lyricism in instrumental writing

-works cataloged by Ludwig von Köchel 1862 ("K" numbers in titles of works refer to this catalogue)


How did Mozart exemplify Viennese Classical ideals?






In which works did Mozart crystallize the 18th-century piano style?

-solo works



Describe Mozart's contribution to opera

-3 types:

-opera serious (serious Italian opera, sung throughout): Idomeneo

-opera buffa (Italian comic opera, sung throughout): The Marriage of Figaro

-Singspiel (German comic opera with spoken dialogue): The Magic Flute


How did Mozart create compelling and realistic characters?




Why did Mozart use sectional forms in his arias?

shift moods and point of views in characters