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MUSI3065 Mozart in Vienna, 1781-1791

Module Overview

This module surveys the musical and cultural environment in which Mozart functioned during the last decade of his life. The course will consider the ways in which specific genres are promoted and suppressed during the period and will focus on the string quartet, piano concerto, opera and sacred music. There will be a specific focus on the string quartets dedicated to Joseph Haydn, Don Giovanni, the piano concertos of 1784 and the Requiem.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of the course is to explain how selected works by Mozart came to be written, for whom they were written and how they were consumed during Mozart’s lifetime.


This module focuses on a a few key works and genres, particularly the string quartets dedicated to Joseph Haydn, Don Giovanni, the piano concertos of 1784 and the Requiem.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include  One two-hour lecture per week.

Independent Study126
Total study time150


Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback  Weekly coursework (with answers) provided on Blackboard.  Mock Tests (with answers) on Blackboard. Differentiation between 2nd and 3rd level work For 3rd level students taking this unit, expectations will be higher than those for 2nd level students, and the assessment criteria will be accordingly stricter. In particular:  Assignments should demonstrate a broader degree of focus and detail; control over material; formal sophistication; and reflect a more mature response to the set compositional task.  For score based work, optimal standards are required in terms of the physical appearance of work and following the standards of good-practice musical notation.  For written work, optimal standards of presentation are required in terms of spelling, punctuation, and grammar; sophistication of vocabulary; provision of footnotes; inclusion of full bibliographic and related details; physical appearance of work, etc. In short, 3rd level students should aspire at all times to the highest possible levels of undergraduate work.


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 50%
Examination  (120 minutes) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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