The records of musical history tell of no deathbed scene which leaves so deep an impression as that of Mozart. He had been commissioned to compose a Requiem and it was still uncompleted. His last afternoon on earth had come.
In his early years he and his sister Nannerl also a gifted musician were taught by their father and once the children's talents became clear the family travelled to courts all over Europe.
To begin with Mozart worked under the patronage system, employed from until by Prince-Archbishop Colloredo of Salzburg. During this time he took long trips away from Salzburg looking for work elsewhere. Eventually he was dismissed by the Archbishop following attempts to resign which were not accepted and moved to Vienna, where he worked independently until his death in As such he became one of the first composers to work independently rather than writing music to order, as most composers did at that time.
For a time this was very successful but he had considerable financial difficulties in the last year or so of his life. Mozart's importance cannot be underestimated. He wrote over works and of course many of these are not great pieces of music though they are very attractive to listen to.
Mozart's music has featured in a number of films. There are a couple of things to be aware of when choosing a Mozart performance to listen to.
Up until about the s all recordings were performed on modern string instruments, with the singing style in the same way.
However, the instruments of Mozart's time were not quite the same as they are today and in particular the piano was still in its infancy as far as construction is concerned.
So since the s an increasing number of performances have been played on period instruments, reconstructed in the style of the instruments of Mozart's time and there are now singers, choirs and music groups who can perform the music in this style.
Both ways of performing the music are perfectly acceptable and what is important is whether or not you like the performance.Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Who stretched the boundaries of the Classical style with his immense and complex symphonies, concertos, piano works, and chamber music?
Ludwig van Beethoven. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, in At the age of six, he could play the harpsichord and violin, compose, and performed in Munich and Vienna.
Between the ages of six and fifteen, Mozart was taken on tours of Europe and England, organized by his father, Leopold Mozart, a Salzburg court composer. The work contains a break in style from the first part to the second as the Kyrie and Gloria are written in the more classical style of "true church music," whereas the Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei have more dramatic elements, which are not part of .
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (), one of the most amazing child prodigies in history, was born in Salzburg, Austria. By the time he was six, he could play the harpsichord and violin, improvise fugues, write minuets, and read music perfectly at first sight.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, At the age of 5, he learned how to compose and performed in the European royalty.
At the age of 17, he was working as a musician for the Salzburg Court, but grew bored and traveled to search for a . If the had not a long life, he had a long name, for they christened him John Chrysostom Wolfgang Theophilus Mozart. The Theophilus was early dropped for the more euphonious name of Amadeus, and more lately the John Chrysostom was, in common usage, cut away entirely.