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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

By Liam Borevius.

Mozart in my belief, is the foundation stone, the pedigree, and our icon. An honor to him is equivalent to praising ourselves. He is an icon and a composter coming from the old cultural order with purposes of warding off. As well as being presented as a near-perfect personification. Which can be seen in his masterful music format that he composed. I believe he is one of the few that has composed masterworks in every music genre. Everything from operas, concertos to symphonies and chamber music. His pieces are highly variable and the pieces are truly recognizable. Which can also be seen in his sonata (a long piece made up of several parts). Furthermore, the majority of every musical instrument during the Classical Period had Mozart written solo works for the instruments. Which is shown at the beginning of Mozart's “Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat” for the violin and viola. Were the illusion increases dramatically. Which for me reveals the elegance and passion combined for these two solo instruments.

An artist for me is about how they influence others and as well as the society. Somebody that makes me look at music in different ways. On the other hand, I do believe the word artist can be subjective as well. It is a person who has precipitable touch and a clear/confident on to a scale that is measurable. Of course, these ‘requirements’ does not have to make you an artist. That’s more of a memorable one. Instead, an artist has a definite and noticeable sound. Which do also include song arrangements, a significant vocal sound, and a burning desire. What people often get confused about are the differences between an artist and a singer. From what I can see and find, a singer often emulates with other singers. While an artist constructs a musical style and discovers a small genre (like a sub-genre) of their own. That is one example of why our ‘Music Period’ will not be the same as Medieval (Dark Ages), Classical and Baroque Period and so on. Because what composers during those periods have influenced the music today. What our ‘Music Period’ composers have done for the music world, is to influence people to copy what works for them and uses it to earn money.

During the Baroque Period: Well in tune was created, thanks to Johann Sebastian Baque. In a nutshell, it means in harmony.

During the Classical Period, we could finally have the complete orchestra. As well the symphonies were created during the Classical Period (at least got more popular). They often contained four chapters or movements. Each chapter had to be the opposite. If the first chapter was fast and then the second chapter needed to be slow.

During the Medieval Period: monophonic music was created. Which means one sound at a time. Which consisted of single-line melodies without accompanying. Furthermore, polyphonic music was also created. It means many different sounds. It began as an additional parallel line to a line of Georgian chants (a more uniformed system of chants).

IF I would have the one opportunity to go back in time and complement Mozart. The best compliment I could’ve given him is “He is the musical Christ”. By the meaning of Jesus is significant for Christianity and Mozart being the Jesus for the music history and world. In the same way, Jesus influenced people to think differently from Jewry. As well Mozart influenced a transformation of how genres, for example, opera and solo concertos are viewed even right up until this present time. I believe and even other composers as well, that Mozart reached levels that other composers wished to have reached. However, I still believe he is worth it and by looking at how he shaped the classical music. By the time Mozart was in his 30:s, he worked 15 hours a day writing music. Which caused Mozart's hands to deform and could not make his own food. But not just working 15 hours a day. Mozart had two special gifts when he was born. He was born with a photographic memory and perfect pitch. Perfect pitch means you could realize the sound without any information and the ability to reproduce it. If Mozart was not born with these two gifts, the whole music world would be different.

Mozart is a truly revolutionary composer and from the Classical Period. During the Classical Period - at least in the beginning - he was underrated, underappreciated as well as not recognizable genius. Even so, he had influenced symbolic developments and evolutions of many pieces in music. For example, symphonies being 30 minutes compared to 20 minutes. These small changes made significant improvements that could be seen today. Many composers today and even I can say with confidence that Mozart had influence two important areas that we could see adjustments from this point of time. Firstly, Mozart made significant changes to piano concertos. What made it dissimilar from the Baroque and Renaissance Period with the piano concertos. Was the fact that Mozart brought a new magnificent and an indirect implication. By hiding emotions through each piece. Instead of showing emotions by using different dynamics, in his later times. He used other techniques that made him unique. Secondly, Mozart also influenced the symphonies to be more of a dynamic era. Which can definitely be seen in his last symphony ‘Symphony No 41’. Mozart did not in the way create a new era. But he built the groundwork or the floor (as a reference from the lessons with the house and the three parts). This is believed to create a romantic tone, which leads to Beethoven to transition to the new period, Romantic Period. There is also a theory about Mozart influenced Ludwig Van Beethoven.

The belief that Ludwig Van Beethoven composed music in the shadow of Mozart, during the Early Period of compositions. Beethoven during his early Period was Mozart his idol. It’s said that Beethoven went to Vienna to see Mozart. After that, it is just history. Some believe he had a few lessons with Mozart and others he did not meet Mozart. Due to his mother got ill. However, what we do know is that Beethoven used Mozart’s concertos as models for his own.

Even though Mozart's lifespan was only 35 years, his legacy is incomparable or even exceptional. The prodigy Mozart wrote over 600 musical pieces. Before Mozart got into his teenage years he had already learned to play the piano, written his first music piece, symphony, he had taught himself how to play the violin and written his first opera. Before I got into my teenage years (age: one to twelve) I just stopped sleeping with my teddy bear. Mozart influenced all composers of different genres. Everything from sonatas, symphonies, and concertos. His major works are definitely: Symphony No 40 and the Requiem. The Symphony No 40 reflects Mozart's interest in his artistic movements. The Requiem was Mozart's famous piece. Because it was his final piece and while he wrote it, he felt he wrote it to himself. The reason why it’s important is due to the fact that the public -even worldwide- accepted him and realize how good of a composer Mozart was. He is one of the iconic composers of them all, if not the greatest.

The biggest critic I would’ve given to Mozart is tough. Thinking of what Mozart has done to the community back then and know, is difficult. “Overloaded and overstuffed” is no doubt about it. Looking at his notes on the music sheets, it ridiculously implausible. I would’ve not been able to pass through the first bar. Playing his melodies is like eating soup with a fork. On the contrary, I regard this as the beauty of his work and consider this as unique. Aswell that is for me an icon. How he could make something so difficult, to seem effortless. An icon is what he is.