Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) is considered the father of the symphony. While Haydn did not write the first symphony, he nurtured the form and took it from its infancy to great heights. We will study examples from various parts of his career and observe how his style, the symphonic form, and orchestras changed over his lifetime. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a natural born composer of dramatic music. He was always on the search for an opportunity to write opera and could create characters and dramatic situations through music like no other of his day. We will study examples from The Abduction from the Seraglio, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and The Magic Flute, time permitting.
Dr. Michael Roeder taught music history (Classical and Jazz) for nearly four decades at the U of A and, early in his career, at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Michael is passionate both about music and teaching, and these qualities have earned him the highest teaching award for professors in Canada: The 3M Teaching Fellowship. He enjoys teaching at all levels and has participated in ELLA for 8 years. His book, A History of the Concerto, is considered the major study of this musical genre.