Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Essay

1145 words - 5 pages

Nicholas Morejon
Music Appreciation
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.” The words of one of the greatest composers of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, can explain more about him and his music than any historian. Arising from the classical period, a man who had an unmatched ear for the sound and form of music. In his lifetime he had accomplished in composing over six hundred works of musical genius. His abilities as a composer and a musician have landed him a spot in the musical hall of fame, and in the hearts of many musicians to ...view middle of the document...

” In 1762, they performed in front of Prince-elector Maximilian III of Bavaria in Munich. Also, in that same year they performed in front of the Imperial court in Vienna and Prague. This was a long Concert tour spanning about three and a half years long. But none of this went without benefit for young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. During his time of touring, he met many famous musicians and was able to familiarize himself with the compositions and works of many great musicians and composers. But, one of the biggest influential meetings was one with Johann Sebastian Bach, the great composer that pretty much was the Baroque period. The two met in London in 1764 and 1765, a meet at which greatly benefitted Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Finally, in late 1767, the family again returned to Vienna and stayed there until December 1768.
The trip, although very eventful and beneficial for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was not without discomfort, peril, and ease. There travel conditions were quite primitive for their time and they often found themselves waiting. They had to wait patiently for noble invitations and reimbursements from the nobles as well. On top of all that, the family also endured terrible, near fatal illnesses, first with the father, and then following by both children.
After spending time at home in Salzburg, they set off again on a trip. This time, only Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and his father Leopold, took part in this trip, leaving his mother and sister at home. They set off for Italy in 1769. Leopold, in conglomeration with their earlier journeys, wanted to show off his sons abilities as a musician and a rapidly maturing composer to the world. In Bologna, he was accepted as a member of the famous Accademia Filarmonica. When he went to Rome, he was given a chance to hear Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere. Only hearing it once, he was able to write it out from memory, only having to correct a few small errors that he made.
In Milan, the first opera that he wrote was Mitridate, re di Ponto in 1770, which of course was performed with incredible success. This great success lead to many other opera commissions. He and his father returned many time for compositions and performances of operas like Ascanio in Alba in 1771, and Lucio Silla in 1772. Leopold had great hopes that...

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