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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 1756-1791. Father Leopold Mozart Court musician Composer Wrote method on violin playing. Leopold recognized Wolfgang’s genius, and devoted himself to educating the boy, and to exhibiting his accomplishments.

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Composing
Composing Mozart’s personal troubles or disappointments in his music. He does not reveal his attitudes toward nature or the historical events of his time (the French Revolution is the most significant)

  • Composition came easy to Mozart.

  • Ideas were worked out thoroughly in his head first.

  • When it was time to write them down, he was just copying the finished product in his mind.

  • He would laugh and joke while copying


  • Early symphonies showed Italian influence. Mozart’s personal troubles or disappointments in his music. He does not reveal his attitudes toward nature or the historical events of his time (the French Revolution is the most significant)

  • Later, he shows the influence of Haydn.




Freelancing
Freelancing symphonies

  • In 1781, Mozart decided against his father’s advice to quit his patronage job for the Archbishop of Salzburg.

  • Moved to Vienna to make it as a freelance musician.

  • Active as a pianist and composer.

  • “Popular” for about 5 seasons.



Vienna symphonies
Vienna symphonies the last ten years of his life.

  • Haffner Symphony (K. 385), Prague Symphony (K. 504) and Linz Symphony (K. 425)

  • Symphony in E flat (K. 543), Symphony in G Minor (K. 550), and Symphony in C Major (Jupiter) (K. 551) were written in a six week period in the summer of 1788.


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