Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Happy Birthday, Wolfgang...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
27 January 1756 - 5 December 1791
Mozart is another of those fantastic composers who, alas, isn't on my "favorites" list, simply because I've long since passed my saturation point with his music. I wouldn't dare deny his greatness, and truly love his operas, masses, and late piano concerti. He was a child prodigy, composing at age 5, appearing before Emperors and such at age 6, and concertizing in France and England with his famous father, Leopold, and child prodigy sister, Nannerl, at age 7. In his short lifetime he wrote an absolutely staggering amount of music... 41 symphonies, 27 piano concerti, 7 violin concerti, 27 string quartets, 25 piano sonatas, 33 violin sonatas, 20 operas and musical plays, 16 masses, a requiem, and dozens of other works. If you haven't experienced his music, do give it a go - all of it is good, and much of it is excellent!