His father, a master violinist and composer, decided to enroll young Wolfgang in harpsichord lessons. At age five Mozart was composing music and by age six he had mastered the keyboard. By his early teens, he had mastered the piano, violin, and harpsichord. He began composing minuets at the age of 5 and symphonies at age 9. In 1762, Mozart and his elder sister Maria Anna (best known as Nannerl) who was also a gifted keyboard player, were taken by their father on a short performing tour, of the courts at Vienna and Munich.
Although Mozart's death in 1791 prevented this, Beethoven went to Vienna in 1792, and he became a pupil of an Australian composer named Joseph Haydn. In Vienna, Beethoven dazzled the aristocracy with his piano improvisations. Meanwhile, he entered into increasingly favorable arrangements with Viennese music publishers. In composition he steered a middle course between the stylistic extravagance of German composer Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach and what the public had perceived as the overrefinement of Mozart. The broadening market for published music, enabled Beethoven to succeed as a freelance composer, a path that Mozart, a decade earlier, had found full of frustration.
During this time, Mozart continued to compose, completing his first symphony at age nine and publishing his first sonatas the same year. Leopold soon realized that he could make a substantial income by showcasing his son as a Wunderkind in the courts of Europe. Maria Anna was a talented pianist, and Mozart wrote a number of piano pieces, in particular duets and pieces for two pianos, to play with her. On one occasion when Mozart became ill, Leopold expressed more concern over the loss of income than over Mozart himself. The cold weather and constant travel may have contributed to his later illness.
As his father's alcoholism increased, Ludwig became the main musician. Beethoven's talents were discovered at an early age, and he was sent to Vienna to study under different teachers including Mozart and Hayden. There, Beethoven quickly adopted a reputation of a great piano player, a child prodigy. He gave his first public performance at the age of eight and published his first works at the age of twelve: nine variations, in C Minor, for piano. Christian Goftlob Neefe was sure that Beethoven's talents would make him the new Mozart of the time.
He traveled and performed in Prague, Bresden, Leipzig, and Berlin. After he toured he played a concert in Budapest. Ludwig van Beethoven is still known today for having an excessive impulsive behavior, but it was excused because of his talent with music. Everyone admired Beethoven, and his performance in Vienna struck that. In 1800 Beethoven composed his first symphony at the age of thirty he composed his first symphony.
In Vienna Beethoven studied under another classical music's great composers Hadyn, as well as Schenk, Albrechtsbeger and Salieri. Beethoven quickly became successful as a piano virtuoso and his performances brought him patronage for Vienna's aristocracy. Around 1802 Beethoven realized that he was losing his hearing but continued to compose and attempted to keep his impairment a secret. By 1812 he had become severely depressed over his hearing loss and failed marital hopes. In 1815 Beethoven was involved in custody case over his late brothers son which he eventually won.
By the time he came back to Vienna, Mozart had died so Beethoven sought help from Hadyn, another German composer. He became Beethoven’s second mentor and taught him new styles of music. Beethoven did his first shows in Vienna in 1795. He was the first composer that was not supported by wealthy persons; instead Beethoven supported himself with money from selling his music. By 1778, Beethoven started hearing humming and whistling sound in his ears, and it got worse.
Franz Joseph Haydn died at the age of 77 on the month of May in1809 after a history of declining health. His legacy includes being regarded as the father of the string quartet, or at least promoting it to prominence after the outdated baroque-era trio sonata; consisting of two violins, a viola, and cello. The ensemble was created accidentally after he was invited by a Baron to his place near Vienna to enjoy casual music, at which time only the Baron’s pastor, manager, Haydn, and another amateur player were in attendance (playing the parts of two violins, a viola, cello). Haydn is regarded today to be one of the best classical-period musicians.
Composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven, considered the greatest composer of all time, was born in Bonn on December 16, 1770. His father, a tenor, had ambitions to create in his second son a prodigy like Mozart. On a daily basis, Beethoven was flogged, locked in the cellar and deprived of sleep for extra hours of practice. Beethoven studied the violin and keyboard with his father and additional lessons from organist around town. Whether because of his father’s strict method, Beethoven was a prodigiously talented musician from his earliest days.
Coming in second would be Symphony No. 9 because of their magnificence. Not only was Beethoven famous because of his music, but also for his continuation of composing while he began to become deaf by the age of 28. By 1820, he started making some of his most famous pieces of work. These include the last five piano sonatas, the Missa solemnis, and the last five string quartets, as well as the fifth and ninth symphony.