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SOAN 2111 Lecture Notes - Industrial Revolution, Thunderstorm, Romantic Poetry


Department
Sociology and Anthropology
Course Code
SOAN 2111
Professor
Linda Hunter

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LECTURE 17: MOZART & INDUSTRIAL WORKERS
Friday, November 2, 12
MOZART: Marriage of Figaro (1786 satire on politics of the time)
FILM: MOZART
Maid brings a worker of the emperor into Mozart’s apartment
He asks her where Mozart works he goes to the room and observes his study,
where he see’s that Mozart is starting a new Italian opera (starting with Figaro –
which is band by the emperor)
Once the emperor finds out what Mozart’s doing, he confronts Mozart about how
he’s making an opera that starts with Figaro
Mozart argues in saying it’s just a comedy and is a piece about love, and
continues in stating that it’s new, and that people will go mad for it
- The opera involves 20 minutes of music and 20 people talking/singing at
the same time in harmony
The emperor believes that the play causes an uproar in society, and provides
struggle against classes saying that Mozart should write about something
different, and write about something more legendary that is eternal and will live
on
The emperor believes that Mozart is passionate, but not enough to persuade him
Mozart asks if he can tell him about the beginning of the play to persuade him
- Involves a servant on their knees measuring the floor to see if a bed will fit
The emperor also forbids the ballet in the opera Mozart stated it as a dance, and
not ballet
- Because of this, the director tore out a section of Mozart’s music, saying
he has to rewrite the opera, although Mozart thinks it’s perfect and that he
shouldn’t have to write it
The emperor never attends rehearsals of operas, but decided to attend one of
Mozart’s rehearsals (of the third act), where the emperor saw the modern dancing
in place of the ballet which he didn’t like, and asked to see the scene/dancing with
the music He wasn’t even sure of his own laws
In the end Mozart won over the emperor
IMPORTANCE OF INVENTIONS IN THE BRITISH ENLIGHTEMENT
FILM NAME: THE DRIVE FOR POWER
Key concept is delight liberation
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Political man
Made the first pair of bifocal spectacles for himself
Passion for rational knowledge inventive mind
Looked for the mountain of achievements throughout life
Recognized electricity as a force of nature
Proposed lightening is electric and in 1952 proved it
- Hung key from kite in thunderstorm
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