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Mozart: A Brief History Essay

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756, in Salzburg, Austria. His parents, Leopold and Maria Pertl Mozart, had one other child, a daughter and himself. He was born a protégé in the area of music. He excelled quickly in musical areas as he would watch and mimic his older sister learning from their father. He began to play the harpsichord at the age of three and exceled. His father began to teach him and made the lessons fun. He also made sure that every note was right. Even at the age of 4 Mozart was already playing small minuets and chords. (Sweetser, 1939) This did nothing but push Mozart to be perfect in his musical playing. His father realized that Mozart was much ...view middle of the document...

At one point during the trip, While in Rome, Mozart heard Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere performed in the Sistine Chapel. After listening to it all the way through, he wrote it out completely from memory with almost perfect accuracy. This inspired him to write Mitridate, re di Ponto for the court of Milan, his first opera. He enjoyed writing opera and went on to write two others Ascanio in Alba (1771) and Lucio Silla (1772). (Mozart, 1791)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his father got home from their trip to Italy on March, 1773. His father’s funder, Archbishop von Schrattenbach died and had appointed Hieronymus von Colleredo his successor. When they returned, the new archbishop appointed young Mozart as assistant concertmaster for a small amount of pay. During this time, young Mozart had the opportunity to work in several different musical areas composing symphonies, string quartets, sonatas and serenades and a few operas. He began to love violin concertos and wrote 5. In 1776, he turned his efforts toward piano concertos, culminating in the Piano Concerto Number 9 in E flat major in early 1777. This all occurred before he was twenty one. (Jahn, 1869)
In his later life, Mozart began producing works for the Catholic church. He easily found work in Vienna; he taught students and wrote the opera Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail. At this time, Mozart began contemplating marriage to the daughter of Friedolin Weber, Constanze. It didn’t take any time at all for him to start asking his parents for their blessing. He knew that his family would prefer him to be more established in his career before marriage, but he was in love with Constanze and so he wed her. This occurred in 1782 and he had six children with her. Sadly, only two of these children lived to become adults.
At this point, Mozart became fascinated by the father of his old childhood friend, Johannes Sebastian Bach. This led him to...

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