Karpeles Manuscript Library


(1756 - 1791)
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Mozart is considered by many as the greatest musical genius of all times. Indeed, his ability was staggering in every single musical form. Unfortunately, he was lacking in business sense - he failed to publish his works - and thus was continually struggling to keep afloat financially. Although perpetually seeking royal appointments, he was keenly aware of the new "middle class" directions which were founded by his friend, Haydn. Mozart's contributions to that Viennese classical style are considered the ultimate in perfection. His greatest opera, The Marriage of Figaro (See exhibit) is an excellent example of the Viennese classical style; however the opera's political undertones offended those who were seeking lighter entertainment.