This interactive lecture asks you to reflect on what you hear when you listen to Classical music.
We will spend the hour with Mozart’s Piano Sonata in A minor, K.310 (Paris, 1777). This piece is often said to reflect the composer’s grief on the death of his mother, Maria Anna. What are people hearing when they hear it this way? What do musicologists think about that kind of listening and the notion of the composer-in-the-music? Is this an issue we can ‘solve’ in the manner of a detective story, or do we need to learn to live with the uncertainty of not knowing Mozart’s intentions and what the piece ‘means’.
In a nutshell, how do you like your Mozart — as a confession in tones or as a more abstract, even universal piece of pure music? Prepare to be challenged and chip in!