Mozart early years

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Mozart was a child prodigy. Competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. He was greatly influenced by his family and they really helped to make him the success he was.

Young life

At 17, he was hired as a court musician in Salzburg, but grew restless and travelled in search of a better position, constantly composing. He visited Vienna in 1781, leaving behind his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he became fame but had little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known works. Mozart composed over 600 works in his lifetime, including symphonies, concertos, chamber music, operas, and choral music.

His influence

He is among the most famous classical composers of all time. His influence on Germany was immense. He is such a huge part of German musical culture. He wrote so many pieces in the Germanic language as well as the most common operatic language of the time Italian.Mozart traveled all over Europe but always returned to Germany his true home. He has inspired musicians for hundreds of years and made such a head way for German composers to embrace their Germanic roots. Because of this, composers decided to study music in Germany not just Italy. Mozart’s helped make Germany a big center for music and helped develop and influence so many other composers who came after him.

Als Luise die Briefe

One of Mozart’s Solo Vocal pieces is: “Als Luise die Briefe ihres ungetreuen Liebhabers verbrannte” (“As Luise Was Burning the Letters of Her Unfaithful Lover” is a song for keyboard and voice by Mozart to a poem by Baumberg. Mozart wrote the piece on 26 May 1787, In this song Luise has gotten a letter from her unfaithful lover and is ripping it up and burning the pieces.

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