Monday February 14, 2011
Must know the names of Mozart’s 3 famous operas (in English): Don Giovanni, The
Marriage of Figaro and the Magic Flute.
Don Giovanni is an opera buffa, an Italian genre of opera (the most
important and famous operas were Italian at the time)
Mozart wrote and promoted opera.
Picture in notes: Haydn at the keyboard, conducting. This is where the conductor
would have been, and he would have been playing in the continuo group who would
accompany the recitatives.
So the composer would be playing keyboard, part of the continuo group,
and the first violinist would be in charge of the rest of the orchestra.
It is only now that the conductor is not in the ensemble. At that time, the
conductor was part of the orchestra,