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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

"Too easy for children, too difficult for adults."



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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (German: [ˈvɔlfɡaŋ amaˈdeus ˈmoːtsaʁt], English see fn.), baptismal name Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era.

Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, he was engaged as a court musician in Salzburg, but grew restless and travelled in search of a better position, always composing abundantly. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death. The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized. He was survived by his wife Constanze and two sons.

Mozart learned voraciously from others, and developed a brilliance and maturity of style that encompassed the light and graceful along with the dark and passionate. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence on subsequent Western art music is profound; Beethoven composed his own early works in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote that "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years."

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Very clear between melody and accompaniment. Emphasizes grace and elegance, balance and symmetry. But, the same symmetry makes Mozart's music a little bit predictable and dull at times. However, relative to Baroque music, or any other music for that matter, Mozart's music is easier to appreciate for anyone as long as you can listen, which is why Einstein said Mozart's rhythm is "so pure that it seemed to have been ever-present in the universe, waiting to be discovered by the master."

In fact, Mozart's music is very diverse. It can be formulaic, but it can also be highly emotional and violent. Listening to recordings of Mozart, it's not clear just how hard it is to make all that music sound so easy and effortless. Mozart's genius lies in the fact that he was able to write in such a way that every note seems to belong perfectly in its place. He was able to make complex and surprisingly emotional ideas appear so simple, without a single superfluous note. Moreover, Mozart had composed for pretty much every instrument. You cannot say the same for most other prominent composers out there.

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