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The Heroines of Mozart: The Relationship of Music and Social Status
AdvisorPerez Flores, Olga
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, considered to be one of the greatest and most prolific composers in the history of Wester music, is known as one of the masters of opera. In his lifetime, he composed 22 operas, the last of which are still part of the standard repertoire today. In these operas, Mozart seems to create a delineation between characters of high social standing and those of low social standing through their music. Two heroines each from three later operas, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Die Zauberflöte, were analyzed to determine how their social status related to the music they sing.