Saturday, March 12th, 2022 10 AM via Zoom

This talk will summarize Daniel Freeman’s research, especially why residents of Prague comprehended Mozart’s genius when he was still alive and offered him the fullest recognition possible. It will present new theories about the composition of the “Prague Symphony” as a work carefully tailored to tastes of the Prague musical public and new insights into the distressing political affairs of the kingdom of Bohemia that brought Mozart to Prague in 1791.

About the Presenter: Daniel E. Freeman is an American musicologist and teacher best known for his research on the musical culture of eighteenth-century Prague and the Bohemian lands. Besides Mozart in Prague, he is the author of a biography of the Czech composer Josef Mysliveček that provided the factual basis for the preparation of the art film Il Boemo, premiering in Prague in July 2022. He produced research on eighteenth-century Italian opera and instrumental music, and the music of Antonio Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, and the Bach sons.