The World of Classical Music in the TV Series Mozart in the Jungle

Jelisaveta Mojsilović


Mozart in the Jungle is a popular TV show in four seasons, which premiered in December 2014 from Amazon Studios. This series is the first of its type in the English language: focusing on classical music and the life of classical musicians as its topic. In this series, the concept of classical music applies to the world of artistic music from the baroque period to the 20th century music, and to institutions that in the modern world represent artistic music, people who are practice this music and the target group for which it is intended. Thus, Mozart in the Jungle indicates that world of artistic music exists in the way of the artworld, if we understand this term according to theoretician Arthur Danto. In such a way, we are discussing the concept of classical music, which is not just some abstract concept. On the contrary, it implies an actual institution of classical music starting from the infrastructure of the institution, people who are producing it, to the building itself of that institution. Therefore, we are ‘targeting’ stereotypes of classical music and musicians, and furthermore, we are coming to possible answers on the question regarding who is Mozart in the world of the classical music featured in this series.


Article received: March 25, 2018; Article accepted: May 10, 2018; Published online: October 15, 2018; Preliminary report – Short Communications

How to cite this article: Mojsilović, Jelisaveta. "The World of Classical Music in the TV Series Mozart in the Jungle." AM Journal of Art and Media Studies 17 (2018): 71−77. doi: 10.25038/am.v0i17.271


Mozart in the Jungle; TV series; artworld; institution; classical

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