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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Essay

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will always be known as one of the best musicians of all time. Although his life lasted half the length of a normal human, he most likely did more with his time than people do today. His greatness will unfortunately never be fully understood due to confusion on how his life was lived and even how he died, but everyone knows he had a gift.
Wolfgang started learning music at a very early age from his dad Leopold, who was a violin player. At the age of six he began composing and by eight he had written symphonies. His father toured Mozart and his sister around for the entertainment of nobles across Europe. From 1963 to 1973 Mozart went on tour with his father and ...view middle of the document...

Most scholars believe that it was due to his lavish lifestyle and poor bookkeeping skills.
In late 1783 he had arrived in Vienna and embarked on the busiest and most successful time of his life. An oxford musical biography of Mozart states, “between February 1784 and December 1786, Mozart composed a dozen piano concertos (from k449 to k503), unquestionably the most important works of their kind.”(Eisen, Sec.5) Mozart’s music was in high demand not only for the nobles, but also public performances. His high popularity among the middle class was a first among musicians of that time.
Unlike most musicians Mozart did not focus on one type of music. He wrote opera, symphonies, concertos, and everything in between. While most of his work had been done before by previous composers, his piano concertos were his creation and the first of its kind. His work often carried little drama, but apparently opera was often a game of politics. In his early career men conspired against him and his father to keep them out of the opera scene in Italy. Later on his fame skipped over the red tape and he was able to pursue opera more freely. In 1787 he wrote an opera named “Don Giovanni”. Some say this helped bring in the romantic era. The other famous operas he wrote were named Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) and Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute).
While he was in Vienna, he met a fellow composer named Franz Joseph Haydn. The two...

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