HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Section: 009 Music and Lyrics: Mozart's Mass in c minor
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Credits:
1
Other:
Honors
Class Misc Info:
Meets 9/15/2009-11/3/2009. (Drop/Add deadline=09/28/09.).
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year standing in the Honors Program.
Grading:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this course we will examine the ways in which a composer sets a text to music, specifically Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Mass in c minor, K. 427. Mozart wrote this mass after an offering of thanksgiving after he married Constanze Weber (a match that was vehemently opposed by Mozart’s father Leopold). However, Mozart never completed the mass. In the movements he left us, we will consider such questions as: how Mozart uses the metric stress of the Latin text with his music; how the repetition (or lack thereof) of certain words adds Mozart’s own emphasis to the text; the word-painting (in which words like ‘descendit’, or ‘he descended’ are set with descending patterns of notes); and the alternation of light and darkness in his moods and the corresponding alternation of solo and tutti passages.

In order to understand Mozart’s music better, we will also delve into the personal details of his life: his love-hate relationship with his father, whose consent to Mozart’s marriage arrived after the fact; his disastrous relationship with his Salzburg employer, the Archbishop Colloredo; and his subsequent decision to pursue a risky free-lance career in Vienna.

No musical training required. Ability to read music is strongly suggested but not required. Readings will be drawn from letters to and from Mozart, biographies of Mozart, the text and music of the mass, and musicological and theoretical sources.

Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 27, Nov. 3

HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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28153
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6LSA Hnrs Y1
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W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
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002 (SEM)
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33519
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1LSA Hnrs Y1
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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003 (SEM)
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28155
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1LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 6:00PM - 7:00PM
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004 (SEM)
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28157
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2
2LSA Hnrs Y1
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Th 5:00PM - 6:00PM
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005 (SEM)
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29877
Open
1
1LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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006 (SEM)
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29893
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3
3LSA Hnrs Y1
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W 6:00PM - 7:00PM
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007 (SEM)
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31799
Open
3
3LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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008 (SEM)
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33521
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3
3LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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009 (SEM)
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48370
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7
8LSA Hnrs Y1
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Tu 7:00PM - 8:00PM
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Note:
The latest printing (13th) of this edition is 2008, but any printing of this edition (originally issued in 1987) will do.
ISBN: 9790006456932
Missa in C minor, KV 427, Author: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, Publisher: Barenreiter 1987
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