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  • Brief Essay On Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Life

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Vienna on January 27, 1756. He was born to a mother, father, and sister. There were more children, but no one lived past childhood. Wolfgang was a determined and musically smart little boy. He knew what he was doing behind a set of piano keys. He was a prodigy to say the least. He accomplished more in a lifetime then most could in two lifetimes. Over the course of his thirty-five years on earth he composed around 600 compositions. Mozart’s family was supported of his talents. Some a little more than others. Leopold Mozart, his father, especially. His father was very determined to have Wolfgang be famous and make lots of money. He almost was forcefully making Wolfgang work long hours and days. They would go on long trips so people could hear how wonderfully and beautifully Mozart played the piano. They would catch all kinds of colds and sicknesses on the road. Even so, Leopold’s obsession with money was too grand to stop them from going to towns for people to hear his beloved son play the piano. His mother would stay home and watch the house. She did go with Wolfgang on one trip because his father could not go and did not want small Mozart to go alone on the long journey. His mother eventually became ill and refused to seek treatment so she passed away while Mozart and her were on the road. His father demanded he come home at once. Mozart’s sister was supposed to be the star of the family. When she was younger, she showed great…

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  • Beethoven's Pathetique Analysis

    The performance was by Schuann Chai in 2012, so by this time, fortepiano performances were pretty rare (I have never played on a historic pianoforte before). The modern pianoforte and the fortepiano have many considerable differences, such as the fortepiano having lower string tensions, no iron framing, and the use of soft leather instead of the modern felt that is used to cover the hammers. The fortepiano also had 61-78 keys, which is less than the modern piano’s 88 keys, but this didn’t…

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  • Clavichord Case Study

    wood), is raised as the consequence and plucks the string.  Its ability to sustain notes is very poor and its maximum dynamic is softer than the piano’s. Also, it has a smaller range than the piano’s.  During the late 18th century, it gradually fell out of fashion due to the invention of the piano. Fortepiano  The fortepiano was invented in 1698, by an Italian harpsichord-maker named Bartolomeo Christofori, who had been employed by the Medici family of Florence, Italy.  The main…

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  • Mozart And Haydn Comparison

    With the development of the society, the modern piano is very difficult to play the bright and crisp sounds like the harpsichord and fortepiano. Haydn liked to use much more staccato like the beginning in his first movement in sonata Hob.50. So, for Haydn it is necessary to express the crystal sound by using the strength of your fingers and your fingertips need to feel sharp and uniform, and quick notes should be shiny. In contrast, Mozart focus on the dexterity and gorgeousness, therefore, the…

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  • Renaissance Music

    middle class, the patronage system started to diminish. More composers were writing for themselves. The music of this era changed drastically from the Baroque period, yet the transition gradual and not immediate. Classical music was based on simplicity, symmetry, and homophony strong rhythms with a steady tempo. Musical forms included Santa Allegro, the most common form. Then, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th movements. Reform Opera was one of the changes. A number of composers reacted negatively, because…

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