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Why Mozart?

Born in 1756, in Salzburg,  Austria, Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart began composing minuets at the age of 5 and symphonies at 9.  He proved his prestigious talents even depsite it being rumored he had fits ( tourettes syndrome).In 1768 he composed his first opera, La Finta Semplice, which had its premiere in Salzburg.
Mozart excelled in every form in which he composed. His contemporaries found the restless ambivalence and complicated emotional content of his music difficult to understand. Accustomed to the light, superficial style of rococo music, his aristocratic audiences could not accept the music’s complexity and depth. Yet, with Josef Haydn, Mozart perfected the grand forms of symphony, opera, string quartet, and concerto that marked the classical period in music. In his operas Mozart’s uncanny psychological insight is unique in musical history. His music informed the work of the later Haydn and of the next generation of composers, most notably Beethoven. The brilliance of his work continued until the end, although darker themes of poignancy and isolation grew more marked in his last years, and his compositions continue to exert a particular fascination for musicians and music lovers.

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