Monteverdi to Mozart: 1600-1800

Oil on canvas painting depicting a demon reaching for Eurydice who reaches toward Orpheus and they attempt to escape the underworld together.

The Greek legend of Orpheus is the topic of the first fully developed opera, Monteverdi's L'Orfeo. Painting: "Orpheus and Eurydice." Attributed to Jacopo Vignali / Anon. cir. 1625–1630. (Image is in the public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons.)


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This course surveys seven Baroque and Classical genres: opera, oratorio, cantata, sonata, concerto, quartet, symphony, and includes work by composers Bach, Handel, Haydn, Monteverdi, Mozart, Purcell, Schütz and Vivaldi. Course work is based on live performances as well as listening and reading assignments.

Teresa Neff. 21M.235 Monteverdi to Mozart: 1600-1800, Fall 2013. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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