9th grade band Final
Essay: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27th, 1756; in Salzburg Austria. Born with the full name Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, he quickly shortened it to Wolfgang Mozart by his early teenage years. His father, Leopold Mozart, was the assistant concert master in the Salzburg royal court. While his mother, Anna Maria Pertl, was born into a family of wealthy community leaders. His sister Maria Anna, was given the knick-name of “Nannerl”. By mimicking her playing on the harpiscord, Mozart developed a strong concept of chords, until he was also playing alongside of her. Mozart started playing the violin when he was four years old, and was composing his own music by his fifth birthday. When Mozart became six, and when his sister was eleven, Mozart’s father started on their “tours” across Europe to showcase the duo’s young prodigal talents in 1762. They stopped in Paris, London, The Hague, as well as Zurich. When Nannerl became of age to marry, Mozart obtained the shot that kick-started his career. When Mozart became thirteen, he was appointed assistant concertmaster with a small salary in the Salzburg court. With this he was given the opportunity to compose symphonies, string quartets, sonatas, serenades, and a few operas. During his tours with his father, he held a meeting with Johannes Bach, who was interested with the young prodigy. They quickly became teacher and pupil. But at times, roles would switch. The lowest point of the trip was when Mozart’s mother died on July 3rd, 1778. However, the sixth year after 1784 became the most promising for Mozart, in which he appeared in 22 concerts. During this time he composed many famous pieces including The Coranation Massand the Clarinet Concerto in A minor, as well as many minor pieces for soloists. However, this time had to come to an end. With the poor...
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