Today I am writing about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or Mozart for my history class. I was given the choice of several items that I learned about this week among which include, Slavery in the U.S., John Adams’ Presidency, and George Washington. I decided to write mine on Mozart, also on that list, because I didn’t think that anyone knew a lot about Mozart.
To start, Mozart was born on January 27, 1756 14 years before Ludwig Van Beethoven. Mozart had six siblings, unfortunately only two of which survived through infancy. These two children were Mozart himself and his sister, Maria Anna Mozart. When Mozart was 3 years old, his father was teaching his sister how to play the clavier (an early form of piano). The interesting part about this is that, while his father taught his sister Mozart watched and mimicked the very movements taught. This is how Mozart learned how to play the clavier.
Mozart’s father and mother saw that Wolfgang had a strange talent and decided to help spread knowledge of these talents. One way that they did this was by having their father take the children on tours through Europe. The children “WOWED” audiences with their ages and talents. The family got their fame basically broadcasted across Europe and people loved them.
This reminds me, do you even know who Mozart is? I bet that you know pretty well what he did for a living. In case you don’t know, Mozart was one of the most gifted and prolific composers of the Classical Era. Mozart is known because he was very special in the way he learned to play and compose music. Mozart pretty much “taught” himself. I put that in quotes because Mozart really learned by watching someone else teach someone how to play.
Mozart is actually remembered as the most talented of the classical composers of Mozart’s time. This is because he is the only composer at this time to have taught himself at such a very young age.
One cool thing about Mozart is that today, September 30, 2016 Mozart would be about 260 years old. This is cool because this means that people are still remembering him because he would be that old and some people still listen to his compositions.
According to this site, http://facts.randomhistory.com/mozart-facts.html, on September 11, 2002, the one year anniversary for the terrorist attacks, “Choirs around the world sang Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Major for 24 hours in a global effort to honor those who died.” This is something that I think is amazing and is a feat to be proud of accomplishing. I say this because I know that it cannot be easy to sing for 24 hours non stop.
Another interesting fact involving Mozart, from that very same site, Mozart could actually write music before he could write words. This is amazing seeing as though music is a little harder to understand than words are. Mozart was a very rare type of musical genius.
Mozart actually wrote half of the symphonies, that he would ever write, between the ages of 8 and 19. This is interesting because you would think that when you got older all of the motivation to do something like that would arise. This was obviously not the case for Mozart. Mozart was actually given a nickname as well when he was younger. His nickname was “wolfie” for Wolfgang. Mozart died very early at the age of 35.
In conclusion, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a rather rare genius for his time and the next. He lived a short but fulfilled life and even got to do some really special and unique things with his life. If you like this blog post please leave a comment on why you liked it. If you don’t like this please also leave a comment explaining why and I will try to do something about it.
Until next time, your friendly neighborhood homeschooler…