Life of Mozart

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  • Topic: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Opera, Ludwig van Beethoven
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I.Biographical Info
A. Early Childhood
B. Teenage Years
C. Main Career
D. Late Career
II.Affects and Influences of Character
A.Influences on Other Composers
B.Personality Issues
D.Music To Boost Brain Power
E.Study of Rats and Mozart
F.Ending Conclusion
III.Assessment and Evaluation
A. Greatness of a Man
B. His Ideals
C. Mozart and Saleiri
D. The Legacy Lives On.

Chapter I
Mozart's Prodigious Life
Without a doubt, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born January 27, 1756, in Salzburg, was probably the greatest genius in Western musical history His father was a noted composer, pedagogue and author of a famous treatise on violin playing. Together with his sister Nannerl, Wolfgang received very intense training that by the age of six, he was a budding composer and accomplished musician. In 1762, his father presented his son as a performer to the imperial court in Vienna, and from 1763 to 1766, he took both children on a musical tour across Europe ( Crane Arizona Opera ). Wolfgang became the most celebrated child prodigy of his time as a keyboard performer with a great impression too, as a composer and improviser. Wolfgang adapted quickly to the high lifestyle through engagements with the French and English royal families, playing before the Bavarian elector and Austrian empress, to winning the admiration of so eminent a musicians as Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782). In 1766-1773, Wolfgang made three visits to Italy, and spent time in Vienna and Salzburg. From his tenth birthday to his seventeenth, Wolfgang grew in stature as a composer to a degree of maturity equal to that of his most eminent older contemporaries; as he continued to expand his conquest of current musical styles, he outdid each of them. Through the years of 1766 to 1769, Wolfgang spent time in Salzburg writing instrumental works for school shows in German and Latin. Here he wrote his first real operas Bastien und Bastienne and the opera La Finta Semplice ( Crane Arizona Opera ). Though these works were naïve compared to his later Italian operas, it distinctly showed a latent sense for tact in Italian text setting. Despite being a child prodigy, Wolfgang couldn't find a job open to him. So, once again with his father as escort, the ambitious 14 year old set off for Italy in 1769 to try and make his way as an opera composer. He was received very well in Italy. During the years of travel between Italy and Salzburg, Wolfgang produced his firsts of many great operas to come: Mitridate (1770), Ascanio in Alba (1771), and Lucio Silla (1772), as well as his first String Quartets. The period form 1774 to mid 1777 was spent in Salzburg where he worked as a Konzertmeister at the Prince Archbishop's court. He wrote many of his works during this time. Seeing limited opportunity in Salzburg, he left with his mother to Munich and Mannheim. No post was offered here either. His father then sent him to Paris with minor success only with his Paris Symphony no.31, deftly designed for the local taste. So, Wolfgang returned home alone. His mother had died in Paris. The years 1779-80 were spent in Salzburg playing in a cathedral and at court. He finally landed his big break when he wrote the Opera Idomeneo as a commission for Munich ( "Mozart" Grove ) Though there was conflict between him, his employer, and the Archbishop. So in May 1781 he resigned or was kicked out of his job. Wolfgang continued made a living as part time teacher, composer, and performer for various events. He married Constanze Weber in 1782. Also in 1782 and the following few years, Wolfgang wrote six string quartets all dedicated to the master of the form, Hayden. Hayden once told Mozart's father that "Mozart was the greatest composer known to me in person or by name; he has taste and, what is more, the greatest knowledge of composition" ( "Mozart" Grove ). He wrote 15 piano concertos before the end of 1786; with early 1784 representing...
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