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UO Insight Seminar Assesses Mozart's Originality

Was Mozart a genius or a product of his time?

Wednesdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Source: Deutsch, Otto Erich (1965) Mozart: A Documentary Biography. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Professor Marc Vanscheeuwijck, from the UO's School of Music and Dance, will lead a UO Insight Seminar entitled "How Original Was Mozart?" beginning Wednesday, May 7, and continuing on the three following Wednesdays: May 14, 21, and 28. The seminar runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Knight Library's Browsing Room, 1501 Kincaid Street, on the UO campus. The registration fee for the noncredit, ungraded seminar is $99. Learn more and register online at

Was Mozart simply a wildly inventive genius, or was he also a true product of his time who “spoke” the musical language he inherited from predecessors and contemporaries? Recent rediscoveries of some mid-18th-century compositional techniques have shown how music instruction in Neapolitan conservatories influenced late-18th-century styles, including those of Mozart and Haydn. The seminar will explore how Mozart constructed his masterpieces. Julian Rushton's book Mozart (Master Musician Series), available at the UO Duckstore, will be used in the seminar.

UO Insight Seminars provide an opportunity for the general public to re-engage with the liberal arts and experience the intellectual fulfillment that is the hallmark of a university education. The seminars focus on the humanities, particularly on “meaning of life” topics of keen interest to adults. They are aimed at people eager to return to real college-level reading and study. The seminars are noncredit and ungraded. Led by UO faculty members who are experts on the topics, the seminars require careful reading of both primary and secondary materials.

Additional seminars will be offered during May. For a complete list of topics, visit

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