Centre for Continuing Education

Great Composers Course: Mozart

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote over six hundred works, including some of the most-loved pieces in the classical repertoire. These include the Clarinet Concerto, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, The Marriage of Figaro, the Requiem, and many others. Mozart’s life is a fascinating tale, from his beginnings as a true child prodigy, through to career challenges and triumphs, and fame and (sometimes) fortune.

We will examine the life and music of Mozart, richly illustrated with many musical examples, portraits, and readings from Mozart’s letters.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • identify aspects of Mozart’s musical style
  • describe how Mozart’s music is related to the Classical period
  • identify the genres of some of the music composed by Mozart
  • name some of Mozart’s major works and describe their place in his musical output
  • describe the main periods of Mozart’s career
  • discuss significant events in the life of Mozart.



  • What do we think of when we think about Mozart?
  • Myths and facts about Mozart
  • Mozart’s place in music history
  • Mozart’s musical style
  • The Classical period: Music in Mozart’s time
  • Major life events
  • The early years
  • Composing at age six
  • Touring Europe
  • Mozart and Marie Antoinette
  • The Salzburg years
  • Transcribing Allegri’s Miserere from memory
  • Mozart and Aloysia Weber
  • Mozart and Constanze Weber
  • The Vienna years
  • The death of Mozart
  • Mozart’s piano music
  • Mozart’s concertos
  • Mozart’s operas
  • Mozart’s symphonies
  • Mozart’s chamber music


We will listen to many of Mozart’s pieces, both famous and lesser-known. These include:

  • Requiem
  • Symphony No. 40
  • Symphony No. 41 (‘Jupiter’)
  • The Marriage of Figaro
  • The Magic Flute
  • Don Giovanni
  • The Clarinet Concerto
  • Rondo 'Alla Turca'
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
  • The Violet
  • The Coronation Mass
  • The Haydn String Quartets (composed by Mozart, dedicated to Haydn)
  • Piano Sonatas

Intended audience

Designed for fans of classical music, beginners and experienced listeners alike.



Delivery style

This course is richly illustrated with musical examples, illustrations and video clips. Susan Deas uses the piano to demonstrate musical concepts to the everyday listener. Questions are encouraged, and there will be room for discussion throughout the course.


Handouts are provided electronically.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion

Great Composers Course: Mozart

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