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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Biography

Published March 5, 2012 by Emily Chocolate

Born 27th January 1956 in Salzburg, Austria.

Mozart’s first Musical Piece, a scherzo by Georg Christoph Wagenseil.

 (Georg Christoph Wagenseil)

Mozart’s first documented public appearance, as a singer in the Salzburg Latin play Sigismundus Hungariae Rex.- sept. 1761

at the age of 6 he was a profensional harpsichord

Mozart gives his first public performance as a musical virtuoso, at the Trinity Inn, Linz. – Oct. 1762

In Vienna, the Mozarts are received by Maria Theresa and her consort, Francis I, at Schönbrunn. – Oct. 1762

Mozart falls ill with a “rash” — scarlet fever. -Oct. 1762

In Munich, Mozart performs for the court of Bavarian Elector Maximilian III Joseph. -Jun. 1763

At Frankfurt on Main, Mozart and his sister perform at four concerts; the 14-year-old Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is among those in the audience. -Aug. 1763

they perform at Aix-la-Chapelle for Princess Amalia of Prussia, the sister of Frederick the Great. -Sept. 1763

At Brussels, a grand concert given by Mozart and his sister is attended by the Governer-General of the Austian Netherlands, Prince Charles of Lorraine, brother of Emperor Francis I. -Oct. 1763

First public Paris concert. Mar. 1764

Second Paris concert. Apr. 1764

Mozart and his sister perform for King George III and Queen Sophia Charlotte.-Apr. 1764

Second performance at the court.- May. 1764

Mozart is examined by English scientist Daines Barrington. –Jun. 1765.

Mozart falls ill with intestinal typhoid; he remains in danger for nearly two months. – Nov. 1765

First public performance of one of his symphonies (K. 22), at Amsterdam. William V, Prince of Orange, is installed. At the ceremonies, compositions by Mozart are performed. – Jan- Mar. 1766.

Mozart falls ill with rheumatism.- Nov. 1766

In Olomouc (Olmütz), Mozart falls ill with smallpox. – Oct. 1767.

Mozart recovers from smallpox. – Nov. 1767.

Mozart begins work on La finta semplice (K. 51). Mozart finishes La finta semplice (K. 51), but no performance is forthcoming; Leopold blames Vienna’s composers. Apr.- Jul. 1768

Several works by Mozart, including the “Waisenhaus,” (K. 139) are performed at the dedication of a new orphanage in Vienna. – Dec. 1768.

Mozart gives his first concert in Italy, at the Accademia filarmonica of Verona.-  Jan. 1770

Mozart passes the examination for admittance to the Accademia filarmonica of Bologna. – Oct. 1770

Mozart is granted an annual salary of 150 florins asKonzertmeister. – Aug. 1772.

Mozart petitions the Archbishop of Salzburg to allow him and his father to seek their fortunes elsewhere. In response, the archbishop dismisses them both from his service; he later relents and allows Leopold to keep his post of deputyKapellmeister.  – Aug. 1777

In Mannheim, Mozart meets the Fridolin Weber family and falls in love with the second-eldest daughter, Aloysia. -Jan. 1778

Mozart’s mother, Anna Maria, dies in Paris. – Jul. 1778

Mozart petitions the archbishop, asking to be assigned to the post of court organist. The position carries a yearly salary of 450 gulden. – Jan. 1779

Mozart competes against Muzio Clementi in a pianoforte contest before Joseph II. Dec.1781

Mozart marries Constanze Weber at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. –Aug. 1782

Mozart’s son Raimund Leopold dies in Vienna. – Aug. 1783.

Mozart begins his thematic catalogue. – Feb. 1784

Karl Thomas (2nd kid), is born. – Sept. 1784

Johann Thomas Leopold(3rd kid), is born. Johann Thomas Leopold dies of suffocation. –Oct-Nov. 1786

Mozart’s father, Leopold Mozart dies in Salzburg.- May. 1787.

Theresia (4th kid) is born. – Dec. 1781

Theresia (his 4th kid) dies of intestinal cramps.-Jun. 1788

Anna Maria ( his 5th kid) is born but dies one hour later. –Nov. 1789

Franz Xaver Wolfgang (6th kid) is born.- Jul. 1791.

Died – 1 am on 5th Dec. 1791. at the age of 35 due to hitziges Frieselfieber (fever)

He has over 600 works ( concerto, sonata’s symphonies, and opera’s)

he was little brat (very implite to high people)

his perfect works were written latter in life.

he was in poverty most of his life because he was very picky.

he was influenced by Baroque period.

people have analized his work for 250 year

his work is was new for his period

most people wrote for the chruch, but mozart didn’t like writing for religious groups.

His Perfect works- don Giovony, Recqreo mass and Magic Flute

He composed more music than anyone that lived twice as long.


The Symphony

Published February 28, 2012 by Emily Chocolate

Mozart, Beethoen and Haydin are the main composers


Symphony is an orcheasta work

First movement are usually in Binary Form

Symphonic form was influenced by Germanic practice

Four Movements

– Fast (opening sonata or allegro)

-Slow (such as adagio)

-Fast (minuet with trio )

-Dance (allegro, rondo, or sonata)

Haydin wrote 108 symphonies in 36 years

Mozart wrote 56 Symphonies in 24 years

Features of Classical Music

Published February 8, 2012 by Emily Chocolate
  • Written- 1750 to 1820
  • Music is either sacred or Secular
  • There is a strong focus on Instrumental Music especially the Symphony.
  • The orchestra is expandiong, we now have a conductor
  • Orchestra= W.W. Brass, Percussion and strings
  • The Woodwind and Brass increase in importance.
  • the Melodiees are Clean and Clear an d usually homolphonic
  • Theme and Variation


2 flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (in the key of C, Bb or A) 2 Bassoons


2 or 4 Horns ( any key) and 2 trumpets


2 Timpani


6 Violins 1, 6 Violins 2, 4 Violas, 3 Violoncellos and 2 Contrabasses

Classical Music

Published February 3, 2012 by Emily Chocolate

The term classical music is used very broadly to include all music that is orchestral. we will be looking at the Classical Period in more specific detail listening and performing some of the music composed  from 1750 to approximately 1830. You will already be very familiar with the composers and the music of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven.




What do we know about Classical Music?
  • Fancy
  • lots of orchestral music
  • Music in the 18th century
  • Bethtoveen- he was deaf
  • Mozart
  • Symphony
  • string quartet
  • Piano
  • Trump was different- it didn’t have any button
  • Orchestra was verry small