Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Brendan Johnson 12/2/10 IAH - Sec. 740 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Without direct communication, fully understanding a person’s life is next to impossible; However, music and the visual arts has created a window of opportunity to experience deep emotions, which allows one to recreate portions of an artist’s life. Upon listening to numerous composers from several centuries, the single story which really intrigued me was that of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His devotion and intellectual approach to his work established vast contributions to his long-lasting legacy, which few can surpass. To this day, Mozart is viewed as one of the most influential musicians, yet many people, such as myself, have been persuaded to believe a false explanation of the cause of his untimely death. After being introduced to many conflicting ideas, I set out to differentiate the truth from rumors to the final chapter in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life. Mozart was born during the Classical era in 1756 A.D., in Salzburg, Austria. His father, Johann Georg Leopold Mozart raised Wolfgang in a world solely fabricated around a perpetual passion for knowledge in music, teaching him how to play the harpsichord and the violin. Quickly realizing his son’s potential, the young boy was already performing solo concerts at the age of six in front of audiences all across Europe. Soon after, Wolfgang began composing his own music. Once he grew older, he served for the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, but after being rudely dismissed, Mozart fled to Vienna to pursue a freelance career. This incident generated a lot of tension between him and his father (Brown, P.A.). Years later, Mozart came to understand the world and the corruption behind it, leading him to compose one of his most famous operas, “Don
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Giovanni”. This was extremely controversial during that period because it confronted the immediate uneasiness existing between the mixed social classes of society. Two of the last pieces Wolfgang ever wrote was his Symphony No. 40 in G Minor and the ever- famous Requiem in D Minor, which was never completed. Both songs truly express his struggle with family and his chaotic, perfectionists drive to amplify his legacy amongst his audience.
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This note was uploaded on 10/14/2011 for the course IAH 208 taught by Professor Bonge during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.

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