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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. (1756-1791). General Info. Born in Salzburg Austria in 1756 Son of Leopold and Maria Anna Mozart Mozart was educated by his father Started playing music at age 4 First composition at age 5 Performed for royalty at ages 5 and 6 Played before Louis XV at age 9.

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general info
General Info
  • Born in Salzburg Austria in 1756
  • Son of Leopold and Maria Anna Mozart
  • Mozart was educated by his father
  • Started playing music at age 4
  • First composition at age 5
  • Performed for royalty at ages 5 and 6
  • Played before Louis XV at age 9
church music
Church Music
  • Began composing church music at age 12
  • In late teens/early twenties he worked for Archbishop Hieronymous Colloredo of Salzburg
  • His masses were written for use in worship, not for performance
  • Archbishop insisted that mass not be prolonged by music and stay with 3 quarters of an hour
some sacred compositions include
Some Sacred Compositions Include:
  • 2 litanies—one in honor of the Blessed Sacrament, one in honor of the Blessed Virgin
  • 17 single movement works written for performance between the Epistle and the Gospel
  • 2 settings of the five Psalms and the Magnificat required for celebrating solemn Vespers
  • Many masses written for use in worship
poietical analysis
Poietical Analysis
  • Created by the composer for his wife as a wedding gift
  • Because it was never finished, only parts of it were performed
  • First performance was october 26 at St. Peter’s
  • Marriage to Constanze
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Death of firstborn
  • Great success in Austria including several performances, even one in front of the emperor
  • Several new pieces created during this time
  • Mass never being finished suggests that it’s a minor work
  • Written during anxious period in his life
eisthesic analysis
Eisthesic analysis
  • Considered both a major and a minor work because of its incompletion
  • Was meant to be used at mass; however, could not be due to time restrictions by the archbishop. Thus mostly sung in performance setting.
  • Some believe that it was unfinished because of Haydn and Bach, suggesting that he was trying to keep up with them
bibliography
Bibliography

Dyer, Joseph: ‘Roman Catholic Church Music, §IV, 4: The 18th Century: Salzburg & the church music of Mozart’, Grove Music Online (Accessed 9 April 2006) <www.grovemusic.com>

Eisen, Cliff: ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, §1: Ancestry and early childhood’, Grove Music Online (accessed 9 April 2006) <www.grovemusic.com>

Eisen, Cliff: ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, §2: Travels, 1763-73’, Grove Music Online (accessed 9 April 2006) <www.grovemusic.com>

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