History of Classical Music

Vocal Music

(Classical 5)
Vocal music in the Classical period was centered in opera. Many operas in the Classical period were written and enjoyed mostly by the wealthier part of society, as they were expensive to produce. Two styles of opera continued to be developed during this period: opera seria and opera buffa. Opera buffa became much more popular during this period due to Mozart's contribution to this style. Some of Mozart's most popular comic operas include The Marriage of Figaro, and The Magic Flute.
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MIDI     W.A. Mozart, Duettino - Susanna & Contessa: "Che soave zeffiretto from The Marriage of Figaro
W.A. Mozart, O Isis und Osiris from The Magic Flute


Le Nozze di Figaro, No. 20, MIDI sequence by Bill King
    from Classical MIDI Connection
Mozart, "Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute); Dies Irae: The Essential Choral Collection; Deutsche Grammphon;
    ©1997 Deutsche Grammophon (457 196-2)

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