Don Giovanni Analysis

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Jason Dang
Professor Heywood
MUSC 131
29 October 2017
W.A. Mozart - Don Giovanni
Mozart’s Don Giovanni is an operatic masterpiece that is full of classical and legendary tension that still exists today. The music conveys and describes important principles of human personality and character (Ford 9). Don Giovanni is one of the best pieces by Mozart, and it is still a masterpiece in the lyric theater. It was composed in 1787 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Don Giovanni was produced during the classical period; intellectually the era is also known as the Age of enlightenment (Fisher 14). During the period, European thinkers embraced the idea of social justice and the value of ordinary individuals. They also believed in the power of individual
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Mozart first appeared in public in 1761 at the university theatre. He was among dancers in a school drama known as Sigismundus Hungariae Rex (Sadie 22). Another factor that influenced Mozart’s professional life is his travel to Vienna. During their visits, his father was able to ensure that they performed before the royal and imperial family at the Viennese court (Sadie 23). He understood that these would give Mozart the attention he needed to secure his future patronage. Moreover, the family traveled to Paris and other places which helped in influencing his career (Sadie 33).
Mozart used the opportunity to present themes in Don Giovanni, in which common man fought for his rights against the totalitarianism and harassment of his noble master. Don Giovanni highlights powerful and uncontrollable unreasonable forces of humanity. Also, it represents a paradoxical world which can be seen as a blessing or a curse (Fisher 19). The theme is important to the production of Don Giovanni as it presented the real sociopolitical events that were taking place in Europe. Mozart was keen to ensure that people understood what was taking place in the society.
In turn, Mozart’s Don Giovanni belonged to the classical era. One important aspect of music style of classical period is that it focused on clarity (Fisher 127). Also, stylistically the music emphasized on precision as well as rigid structural methods. During that period individuals had strong
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