Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • He was one of the most important composers in the Classicism. 

  • He was born in Salzburg in 1756 and died in Vienna in 1791 at the age of 36. 

  • He showed prodigious ability from this earliest childhood. 

  • His father was a famous violin teacher and his sister, Nannerl, a keyboard virtuoso. 

  • He started to compose at the age of five and performed to European royalty. 

  • While Wolfgang was young, his family made several European journeys in which he and Nannerl performed as child prodigies.

  • At 17, he was a court musician in Salzburg, but he always looked for a better position. 

  • In 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position, and he ran away to Vienna without his father's permission and married a singer friend: Constanze Webber.

  • He made a living by his music lessons and operas.

  • He got fame but he also financial problems.

  • Today, it's not clear what was the illness that killed Mozart. It is known that he was ill for a month before he died. Perhaps a kidney condition or a bacteria disease produced by rotten chicken meat are possible death reasons, but we'll never know.

He composed over 600 works.

He learnt very fast from other composers, and quickly incorporated new styles.

He composed in every style and genre of his time.

His music is full of clarity, balanced and transparency.

 

 

Some works:

 

23 Operas:

Opera buffa: Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte.

Opera seria: Idomeneo, La clemenza di Tito.

Singspiel: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic flute)

Orchestral work:

41 Symphonies:

27 Piano concertos

5 Violin Concertos

Wind Concertos

Concertante symphony

 

Chamber music:

18 Piano sonatas

36 Violin sonatas

23 string quartets

13 serenates

17 Divertimenti

 

Sacred Music:

17 masses and an incomplete Requiem

Masonic music

Church sonatas

Pipe-Organ pieces

Scene from Amadeus - Mozart and Joseph II

Don Giovanni - La ci darem la mano

Symphony Nº40 in Gm - 1st movement

Symphony Nº25 in Gm - 1st movement

Piano Sonata nº13 - Rondo alla turca

Requiem - Dies Irae

The Magic Flute - Queen of the Night

Piano Concerto Nº25 in Cm

Scene from Amadeus - Confutatis

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