Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Born: 1756; Salzburg, Austria
Family: Mozart’s father showed eagerness to show him off, and profit from his son’s great talent. Mozart had a loving father and mother, and he was introduced to music early on from them. Health and Physiognomy: Mozart was ill many times. Suffering from a variety of illnesses ranging from smallpox, to rheumatic fever which has been deemed what killed him. Personality: Mozart’s personality in the beginning of his life was very dependant. He relied on his father for everything. This is understandable, but his father was exploiting him. When Mozart turned 25 he split away from his father and the oppressive archbishop and became a freelance musician. An apparent humorous being, I can tell this from the humor included in most of his operas. Career:
Significant Places: Italy: where he mastered operatic style;
Significant People: Joseph Haydn, Franz Süssmayer
Employers or Patrons: prince-archbishop (no actual name mentioned),
Means of Earning a Living: Composing music, Performing, and at one time even teaching music.
Financial Situation: From what I’ve found, Mozart was never bankrupt or even going through rough times. His life was short, and his financial status seemed to be at least middle class. Although there were slums in business, he still pursued his love of music. Mozart died at the age of 36 in debt. Music:
Style of Composition: Operatic. Toward the end of his life, he composed a few great operas, and a requiem. His requiem was left unfinished, and completed by a close friend. His operas
General Characteristics: Seemingly composed with ease, his compositions are usually graceful and spontaneous. Along with that, he demonstrated balance, restraint, and proportion through his works. His music is powerful, but yet elegant. Output:
He composed several symphonies and concertos as well as chamber music. His symphony no. 40 in G minor was his...