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Student research on the influence of Mozart on other composers to be presented at annual forum

Washburn University student Mary-Lucia Darst, of St. Marys, will present the research poster, "Reception and Perception: The Influence of the Mozart upon Mendelssohn, Schumann, Wagner and Strauss" at The Washburn Apeiron:  A Forum of Student Research, Scholarship and Creativity on Friday, April 18.

Darst is a senior and is pursuing a bachelor of music degree in music and bachelor of arts degrees in history and modern language. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and last year was recognized for Outstanding Student Achievement in French by the modern language department.

In the research abstract, Darst noted: "After the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1791, European tastes in music changed. The Classical Era in music ended and the Romantic Era began. Led by Ludwig von Beethoven, the new generation of composers developed styles of writing music that reflected their own individualism, creativity, emotional needs or philosophic beliefs. Though the nationalities of the composers of the Romantic Era included all of the European countries, the United States and Canada, the Austro-Germanic composers musically dominated the time period. These composers sought to articulate their own theories of the abstract value of music through the medium of private letters and journal articles. As part of their discussion regarding music, they examined the musical heritage they obtained from their predecessors, specifically Josef Haydn and Mozart. Based upon their own writings, the Austro-Germanic Romantic composers viewed Mozart as the more significant of the two composers and the founder of the German musical patrimony. The music of Mozart influenced that of Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss."

The Apeiron allows students from all disciplines to present their work in an environment that closely resembles the professional conferences and performance venues of their chosen area of study.  Seventy-one students are participating in the forum and entries include poster presentations, oral presentations, exhibitions and performances. To learn more, please visit   


Dena Anson, university relations, 785.670.1711