Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 40 In G Minor

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For my masterwork I’ve settled on studying the life and work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I’ve chosen him due to how legendary Mozart has been to the musical industry, and how ridiculous of lifestyle he lived. I will be covering Mozart’s life, and analyzing his composition Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, first movement. Mozart’s work was inspiring and his influences can be traced back into other musical timer periods after the classical period. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, or better known as just Mozart, is a notable classical period (1750-1800) composer. Mozart was born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. In Salzburg Mozart would quickly learned of his musical talents. With his father, Leopold Mozart, being a composer Mozart began a musical …show more content…
His early years in Vienna were some of his best. During this time Mozart was highly demanded amongst the public for performances and for musical lessons. Mozart’s compositions were even praised by the Emperor Joseph II. With Emperor Joseph supporting him Mozart would frequently play public performances in the emperor’s court. His success didn’t stop there as Mozart composed some of his greatest hits. Some his notable compositions from this time period are Die entfuhrung aus dem serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio, 1782), and Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A little night music, 1787). On top of the recent success Mozart married Constanze Weber whom he had met at previous tours years prior. It was after his marriage where Mozart would meet his downfall. Mozart and Constanze both lacked any financial skills and drove their wealth into the ground. To add insult to injury, the public’s musical taste evolved and rendered Mozart almost unwanted. Mozart struggled to attract the attention of the public and only did so in rare occasions. For instance his opera Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro, 1786) netted Mozart some traction but not enough. The struggling compositions alone couldn’t save Mozart from his financial crisis so Mozart wrote letters to friends asking for money. Soon Mozart’s health declined and so did the frequency of his live performances. He totally gave up on performances in 1788 and joined the Freemasons. The Freemasons heavily influenced Mozart’s last opera The Magic Flute. With in the opera Mozart included Masonic symbols and practices. The Magic Flute gained tremendous amounts of support for Mozart, and as well more financial stability. Soon after composing The Magic Flute Mozart passed away in 1791 at the age of 35. Mozart’s cause of death isn’t known but is rumored to have been caused by a disease of the

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