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An extra credit essay analyzing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
An extra credit essay analyzing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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Mozart: The Archetype of Musical GeniusDavid Wang22 May 2008
WangDavid WangM. Flemmer Chamber Orchestra22 May 2008Mozart: The Archetype of Musical GeniusWolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the most revered composers in musicalhistory, and his music has lived on through the years. Many consider him to be one thegreatest musical personalities to have ever lived, and his over 600 works are highlyacclaimed even today. Born into the hallmarks of the Classical era of music, Mozartchampioned the musical industry of the day, and associated himself with many of thegreatest aristocrats and musicians at that time. However, his story is marked by troubles,hindrances, and isolated success, in a story that few know about, yet those who doconsider these experiences to be huge influences to his style of music. His works, hisstyle, and his contribution as a whole to the music world is one of incomprehensible end;Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is, without a doubt, one of the greatest masterminds to haveever entered into the musical spectrum.
Joannes Chysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart was born in Salzburg, a part of the Holy Roman Empire, on January 27, 1756, to Leopold and Anna Maria PertlMozart. Leopold Mozart was the deputy Kapellmeister, or music-maker, to the court2
Wangorchestra of the Archbishop of Salzburg, and thus Wolfgang was exposed to music at anearly age. His only sister, Nannerl, said that as she received piano lessons from her father,“[Wolfgang] often spent much time at the clavier, picking out thirds…and his pleasureshowed it sounded good.” According to his sister, he was composing small pieces of music by the age of five. His father was proud beyond belief; some of their lessons brought tears to Leopold’s eyes. (Deutsch, 454-462)Leopold, astonished by his son’s talents, took him and Nannerl on tour acrossEurope to various courts, beginning in 1962 at the Court in Munich. On these tours,young Mozart met many of the time’s most influential musicians, including the son of Baroque composer J.S. Bach, Johann Christian Bach, and G.B. Martini. After three tripsto Italy, Mozart began to write his operas, starting in 1770 with
Mitridale Ré di Ponto
inMilan. During his travels, Mozart began to experience ill health, contracting diseasessuch as smallpox. After returning from Italy, he was employed as the court musician bythe Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg.During his time as court musician, Mozart wrote some of his most influentialmasterpieces, including his only five violin concertos and a series of piano concertos.However, he was not satisfied with the outcomes that his job at Salzburg had produced;his salary was low and, moreover, he could not write operas, as the closing of the courttheatre in Salzburg left no real venue for Mozart to show out his operas in. Growingrestless, Mozart went on job-hunting tours, but his third one, a tour to Paris in 1777,resulted in a denial in a desired love with Aloysia Weber and the death of his mother,Anna Maria.3

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