In 1756, a musical genius was born, one that would influence music throughout the course of history. The prodigy I’m referring to was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He became a musician and composer that influenced culture during his life, after his death, and even to this day we his cultural influence. The legacy that Mozart passed down to us is a powerful one; the direct result from the influences in his life and his achievements. As for background information, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was the son of Leopold Mozart and Anna Maria Pertle. He was born on January 27th, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg, up to the year of 1756, was a complex city with religious afflictions between Protestants and Catholics. From four years old, Leopold began pushing his son into playing music. Young Mozart was able to play complete piano pieces before the age of five. Without the influence of his father, his musical talent may have never been realized. For the next four years they traveled all over Europe, from places such as London, England all the way to Vienna, Austria. After the four years on tour, the family returned to Salzburg. The news of a boy genius was spread to the ears of substantial people such as Marie Antoinette to Fredrick William II of Prussia. Clearly Wolfgang’s father played an important role in his son’s development. The exposure to different cultures and musical styles, as well as providing early career guidance and tutoring greatly developed young Wolfgang’s talent. Upon Mozart’s return he composed two operas, La Finta Semplice and Bastien and Bastienne. The Order of the Golden Spur was awarded to Mozart at the age of only thirteen. The Order of the Golden Spur was awarded to those who performed outstanding acts to spread the Catholic Faith, or who have contributed to the glory of the Church, either artistically or by feat of arms. The power of the church had an immense effect upon how his music had turned out. Over...
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