He composed his first symphony at the age of 8. His middle name means "loved of God." And Austrian Emperor Joseph II accused his music of having "too many notes." This course is a biographical and musical study of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791), who composed more than 600 works of beauty and brilliance in just over 20 years.
By December 1791, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had written the defining compositions in every available musical genre of his time: symphony, chamber music, masses, and—above all—opera. Opera was the prestige genre of the time, and Mozart loved it dearly and counted on it heavily for personal, professional, artistic, and financial reasons. Just the thought of opera, as Mozart wrote, made him "beside myself at once."
…Another justification, of course, is the obvious enthusiasm of the young players as they make their way through a curtain-raising Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, with its collection of diverse but harmonious instrumental elements, and through Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, with its durable resonances of hope amid warfare. This concert was recorded live in Ramallah in August 2005, under heavy guard. The logistical preparations of the concert, Barenboim says, could fill a book. But maybe that's a book that should be written, for the bottom line is that the concert took place and ended with an explosion of applause…
The main work here is the Mass in C minor KV 427. It seems to have been written by Mozart as a vow to God that he would compose in gratitude a huge Mass should his fiancée Constance Weber recover from serious illness. Providence having seemingly fulfilled all the necessary requirements Mozart proceeded to keep his promise and commenced work on the score early in 1783. For some mysterious reason Mozart broke the promise failing to complete the Mass and writing only the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Benedictus and parts of the Credo and the Et Incarnatus est. Incomplete though it is, the ‘Great’ C minor Mass is considered a masterwork.