Essay about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart lived from January 27, 1756 to December 5, 1791. Mozart was a very influential and prolific composer of more than 600 works, including symphonies, concertante, chamber, piano, opera, and choral music. Regarded as a child prodigy, Mozart composed and performed in the European courts from the age of five, and was engaged at the Salzburg court at 17. Mozart’s musical style can be classified as Classical, although he learned from many of his contemporaries throughout his musical career. In order to better understand Mozart’s genius it is best to begin looking at his earliest contributions to the musical world as a child. From there, an exploration of his…show more content…
While at the Salzburg court, Mozart composed his only violin concertos, as well as his first piano concertos. However, Mozart grew discontent with his work at court when his desire to work on operas was not encouraged. Mozart began looking for alternative employment in 1777 with a journey to Paris with his mother. While on his tour of Paris, he had financial difficulty, and fell to pawning valuables. While he was gone, his father worked to secure a better position for Mozart in the Salzburg court, and after the death of his mother, Mozart returned to Salzburg. However, his discontent was little diminished, and he left for Vienna in 1781. There, he worked as a freelance composer and performer, and established himself as one of the best keyboard players in Vienna. This period of Mozart’s life saw his marriage to Constanze Weber, as well as moderately great success with his opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio). Over the next few years, Mozart mounted a number of concerts featuring himself as a piano soloist which pushed him to great success and high accolades from his audience. Mozart also began to realize moderate financial success, which led him to adopt a more opulent lifestyle. Incidentally, this increase in lifestyle would lead to financial difficulties later. Around 1786, Mozart began collaborating with Lorenzo Da Ponte on two very successful operas, The Marriage of Figaro, and Don Giovanni. Soon after, Mozart secured a
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a world-famous Austrian composer. He was a prominent representative of the Viennese classical school, a musician of universal talent that became apparent in his early childhood. In Mozart’s music the ideas of German Enlightenment are reflected. He managed to embody the artistic experience of various national schools and traditions. Mozart modified the traditional operatic forms and individualized genre types of symphonies.
This great composer created more than 20 operas, over 50 symphonies, concertos for piano and for violin, chamber and instrumental (trios, quartets, quintets, etc.), piano works (sonatas, variations, fantasies), “Requiem”, masses, choral works and songs. Mozart is the creator of the classic forms of concerto for solo instrument and orchestra.
Emotions and passion are typical for the music of Mozart, as well as endurance and strong will. In his music the grace and tenderness of the gallant style are retained. Creativity of Mozart is focused primarily on the enhanced expression of the soul world, on faithful display of the reality in its variety. The music of Mozart conveys the feeling of fullness of life, joy of life, as well as human suffering, while experiencing oppression of the unjust social system. In this divine music everyone can feel a passionate striving for happiness and joy. Even though sometimes grief prevails, clear, harmonious and vital mood is dominant.
The true fame came to Mozart after his death. The name of Mozart has become a symbol of supreme musical talent and creative genius, the unity of beauty and truth of life. Numerous musicians, writers, philosophers and scientists emphasize the intrinsic value of Mozart’s masterpieces and a huge role in the spiritual life of mankind.