This week’s newsletter is dedicated to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was born in Salzburg, Austria on January 27, 1756. Happy birthday, Wolfie!
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a leading Austrian composer of the late eighteen century. He was only five years old when he wrote his first minuet, six when he performed before royalty, and eight when he wrote his first symphony. During his short life, Mozart composed over 600 works, and remains one of the world’s most popular classical composers. Ludwig van Beethoven (sixteen years younger than Mozart) was greatly influenced by his work.
BBC: Primary History: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, in 1756. He had piano, violin and composition lessons with his father Leopold Mozart from an early age. By the time he was 5 years old, legend has it that he could perform as well as any professional musician.” Visit this BBC site to learn more about Mozart and his music, and the Classical period of music history. “Music in the Classical period was significantly different from the music of the Baroque period. It has a directness of expression through clear melodic phrases that are supported by clear cadences.”
Biography: Wolfgang Mozart
“Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s was the sole-surviving son of Leopold and Maria Pertl Mozart. Leopold was a successful composer, violinist, and assistant concert master at the Salzburg court. Wolfgang’s mother, Anna Maria Pertl, was born to a middle class family of local community leaders.” Biography provides an excellent Mozart biography, accompanied by a short video.
Classics for Kids: Mozart
Classics for Kids is an educational outreach program of Cincinnati Public Radio. “When he grew up, Mozart moved to Vienna, and tried to earn a living as a pianist and composer. But he had a lot of trouble handling the fact that he was no longer a child prodigy. Mozart was still a musical genius, but after he stopped being a cute kid, people stopped making a big fuss over him. Back then, musicians were treated like servants, but Mozart did not, and could not think of himself as a servant.” Visit for a handful of radio programs (aka podcasts) listed at the bottom of this very short Mozart biography.
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Quote of the Week
“I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.” ~~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ~~ (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791) Austrian classical composer. How many times have you not listened to your instincts and regretted it? Click this link to read more quotes about choices.
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