“It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me. I assure you, dear friend, no one has given so much care to the study of composition as I. There is scarcely a famous master in music whose works I have not frequently and diligently studied”Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Lived from: January 27 1756 – December 5, 1791 (35 yrs)
he was looked at as a Genius and protégé
Mozart taught himself the violin before seven and could play as a soloist in public.
Wrote his first symphony at the age of 9
He was married and had 6 children
In his life time he Composed over 600 pieces of music, including:
35 (2+ instrument music)
Why is Mozart considered visionary?
Mozart was aware of the value of his music and therefore his own value.
Mozart was not shy; he was very open
Always experimenting and changing his music.
He was Loving and encouraging to his sister.
Mozart preferred docility to defiance.
He worked well under pressure, producing his greatest works when they were called for.
Mozart was one of the first artists to break free from the upper class designation in becoming independent.
“Wolfg: is not standing still with his science, but grows from day to day” wrote Leopold Mozart to his wife 1770. (21)
1. Elias, Norbert (1993) Portrait of A Genius. Polity Press, California: Berkeley and Los Angeles.
2.Gay, Peter (1999) Mozart. Viking Penguin, New York: New York.