Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? by Yona Zeldis McDonoughBorn in Austria in 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed his first piece of music, a minuet, when he was just five years old! Soon after, he was performing for kings and emperors. Although he died at the young age of thirty-five, Mozart left a legacy of more than 600 works. This fascinating biography charts the musicians extraordinary career and personal life while painting a vivid cultural history of eighteenth-century Europe. Black-and-white illustrations on every spread explore such topics as the history of opera and the evolution of musical instruments. There is also a timeline and a bibliography.
Illustrated by Carrie Robbins.
Cover illustration by Nancy Harrison.
A Brief History of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (January 27, – December 5, ; pronounced and various wind instruments; and numerous chamber pieces, works for the church, Mozart started a series of concerts in which he played his own piano The audiences in Vienna did not give Mozart much support after a few years, so he.
Yona Zeldis McDonough
When you're in the mood to listen to music , what tunes soothe your soul? Do you tune the radio to the latest rock and pop hits? Or is country more your speed? Perhaps you prefer rap or hip hop? But do you ever sit back, close your eyes, and soak up the lush sounds of classical music? Rather than electric guitars and synthesizers, classical music offers a diverse musical landscape decorated with the sounds of a multitude of instruments, from pianos and violins to flutes and clarinets. A full symphony orchestra can delight the ears in a way that few modern rock bands can.
One of the greatest composers in Western music history, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a versatile child prodigy. When he was only six, he went on a family tour to perform across the continent. He took Wolfgang and his sister Maria Anna also called Nannerl to perform in many important musical European cities, including Paris, London, and Munich. He later lived in many of these and other major cities throughout his life, including Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague, where he worked as a teacher, performer, and composer. It is recorded that even as a child he was able to perform on the piano while blindfolded and with crossed hands.
Just days before his fifth birthday, Mozart played a complete piano piece for the first time in his life. His father proudly recorded that it took him half an hour to learn it. He learned another piece a month later, and another a month after that. The next piece he learned he wrote himself—well, maybe! Musical scholars have long questioned the degree to which the child Mozart actually composed at age five. When Mozart actually began to compose, is not really a matter of great importance, for he was truly a child prodigy as a performer at the keyboard and equally on the violin.
Early life and works
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an Austria composer —one of the greatest in music history. Even though he died before his 36th birthday, Mozart created more than works. He was born on January 27, in Salzburg. His father, Leopold was a composer , violin teacher and the leader of a local orchestra. Young Wolfgang started playing the harpsichord at the age of three. He composed his own piano pieces at five, his first symphonies when he reached nine and whole operas at the age of