Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

January 27, 1756, Salzburg, Austria ~ December 5, 1791, Vienna, Austria

Mozart was not only one of the greatest composers of the Classical period, but one of the greatest of all time. Surprisingly, he is not identified with radical formal or harmonic innovations, or with the profound kind of symbolism heard in some of Bach's works. Mozart's best music has a natural flow and irresistible charm, and can express humor, joy or sorrow with both conviction and mastery. His operas, especially his later efforts, are brilliant examples of high art, as are many of his piano concertos and later symphonies. Even his lesser compositions and juvenile works feature much attractive and often masterful music. ~ Allmusic: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ~ retrieved December 3, 2013 © Allmusic

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Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. […] Mozart learned voraciously from others, and developed a brilliance and maturity of style that encompassed the light and graceful along with the dark and passionate. His influence on subsequent Western art music is profound. Beethoven composed his own early works in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote that “posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years.” ~ Wikipedia: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ~ retrieved December 3, 2013 © Wikipedia

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