Classical Music Talk

Mozart, the most highly-gifted representative of the classical age



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (January 27, 1756, Salzburg – December 5, 1791, Vienna) was a great Austrian composer, one of the most prodigiously talented creators in classical music.  In the year 2006, when was the 250 year anniversary of the composer’s birth, in Austria and Germany people celebrated the Year of Mozart, when classical music concerts were most frequent than ever.Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (born Johannes Chrisostomus Wolfgangus Teophilus Mozart) was born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, then the capital of a principality-archiepiscopate Fürstbistum that is part of the German Nation Holy Roman Empire (after 1804 became the Austrian Empire). His father, Leopold Mozart, was a talented violinist in the orchestra at the court of Prince Archbishop of Salzburg, and was praised for his teaching skills. On the register of baptism, Mozart was recorded as: Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus. Later, in Italy, he took the name “Amadeus”, the Latin translation of “Theophilus” (“Lover of God”).

Since his childhood, the musical genius of Wolfgang is evident. At the age of 5 years before learning how to write, the young genius composes several pieces for piano, transcribed by his father immediately. In January 1762, Leopold Mozart obtains from the Archbishop Schrattenbach a three weeks permission to “show to the world the young miracle”. This tour will last 9 years! The first spectacle was in Munich, where Wolfgang performed for the Prince Elector of Bavaria, and then the Mozart family went to Vienna. The young Wolfgang successfully performed for the Imperial family. For the young miracle follows a long European tour: Augsburg, Aachen, Brussels, Paris and Versailles. He remains an entire year in London, and then returned to Austria, passing through France, Switzerland and Bavaria. Between December 1769 and March 1771 followed a long tour in Italy: Verona, Milan, Florence, Rome and Naples were the main resorts of concerts. Throughout the public was fascinated by his talent, this kid became a teenager in the meantime.

In March 1790 Mozart gives his last public classical music concert, performing the Piano Concerto KV595. Still composed Die Zauberflöte, which obtained a huge success. Since November 1791, Mozart’s health gradually worsened.  He apparently was suffering from a recurrent rheumatic fever with renal insufficiency.

Perhaps Mozart’s death must be sought in illness during his childhood. Modern medicine tends to believe that the illness was an infection, which was not treated properly, and because there was a heart failure that affected other organs.

Mozart Effect is a well known all over the world. It consists in series of changes that music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart makes in a visible manner; his music induces mental processes such as great learning abilities, attention and memory. His music enhances these features, but the mechanism by achieving this miraculous phenomenon is not fully elucidated.


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