The American Revolution And The Classical Era Essay

1062 Words Oct 6th, 2014 5 Pages
Composers Beyond Their Time How different would the world of musical composition be if it were not for the ingenious talents of Mozart and Beethoven? The Classical Era sought many new changes worldwide. With the affects of the American Revolution (1775-1783) and the French Revolution (1789-1799) towards the political realm and the advancements of scientific discovery in electricity and medicine, change seemed to be inevitable (K. Fourney, J. Machlis, 150). This age of revolution would indefinitely alter music with the birth of two of the greatest composers that ever lived, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. Although together these composers developed what would be the basis of classism and romanticism, both shared similarities and differences in their life and nature of work. While both composers affected the style of classical music equally, they differed greatly in their lives and musical expression. Mozart, being a “child prodigy” and Austrian born with the innate sense of music structure, started composing music and mastering the art of the violin and piano at the tender age of five, continued with his first symphony at eight years old, oratorio at eleven, and finally his first opera at twelve ( His father, also being an esteemed composer and musician, trained the child constantly. Although his childhood flourished with musical growth, the overbearing and harsh direction of his father took an emotional toll on the youth.…

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