Mozart was a very popular and influential composer of the time and his works are still listened to and loved to this day. I chose Canzonetta sull’aria by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart's music in The Shawshank Redemption ‘Duettino- Sull'aria’ from one of Mozart’s most popular operas ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ features in the film ‘The Shawshank Redemption’.
Mozart was a very popular and influential composer of the time and his works are still listened to and loved to this day. I chose Canzonetta sull’aria by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
An excerpt of this work can be heard in the infamous movie The Shawshank Redemption(one of my absolute all time favorite movies). The character played by Denzel Washington says it all in the link above when he describes the work. When you hear it, you don’t know what they are saying (unless you speak Italian), but you can’t help but listen and be intrigued and captivated.
Playwright Pierre Beaumarchais (1732-99) wrote a play titled The Marriage of Figaro, which was the inspiration for Mozart’s work. The play was seen as an attack on aristocracy and was not even performed until 3 years after it was accepted by the playhouse. (information taken from the 4.6- Classical Theatre section of our blackboard assignment)
This work would have broader popular appeal because it was made for the common person. Vasilis download free. It was not simply made for the elite and anyone could listen to it and find a connection to the words that were being sung. This brings me full circle back to the clip from The Shawshank Redemption. Even though it was a classical work of art, even the common criminal in prison was able to appreciate it and find a comfort in the music. Out of all the music that Andy could have chosen to break the rules with, he chose this one.