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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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Wolfgang amadeus mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

(1756-1791)


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


Mozart missa c minor kv 427 1783

Mozart MissaC MinorKV 4271783

Credo in unum Deum


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


Wolfgang amadeus mozart

  • 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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