The Mozart Effect
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, a piece that tells of grandeur and playfulness, camaraderie and love. The dueling pianos play in and out of cadences bringing the listener to the time of Mozart; with Victorian gowns, men in wigs and food and games through an evening of gossip, laughter, and flirtatious behaviors. As humans, we are always looking for ways to improve out intelligence, even if for a small period of time. Music genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, wrote numerous compositions that somehow triggered temporary spatial-temporal reasoning. In turn, Mozart unlocked the ability to briefly increase memory. Although the Mozart Effect is a controversial issue, the possibility of bettering intelligence not only through Mozart’s music, but also through learning an instrument is a reason to be excited. Genius was born January 27, 2756 in Salzburg, Austria, and his name was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Wolfgang is referred to one of the most talented and prodigious musical composers of all time. The sole surviving son of Leopold and Maria Mozart, he and his sister, Maria Anna –or ‘Nanner’—were both musically talented. Nanner played the keyboard when she was seven, and three-year-old Wolfgang started to copy her actions, and was soon excelling past her skills. At the age of five, Wolfgang had created his first composition, and started to display outstanding ability on the clavinet and violin. His father, sister, and he travelled around as the “Child Prodigies”, and during one of these excursions young Wolfgang met Johann Christian Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach’s youngest, and musically inclined son. Then, in December of 1769, Wolfgang and his father went to Italy to hear Gregorio Allegri’s, Misère. Immediately after, Wolfgang wrote the entire score from memory, only returning to the performance to correct minor errors. Years later, Wolfgang married Constanze and had six children, only two of which survived – Thomas and Franz...
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