Haydn wrote, “104 symphonies, about 70 string quartets, nearly a dozen operas, 52 piano sonatas, 15 Masses, and 2 oratorios. ” One can infer from just looking at the sheer number of his compositions that this was his life’s work and dedication. Rosen calls Haydn’s classical style as being romantic . Then, on page 22 of Rosen, one can see that Haydn possess all “contemporary elements of musical style – rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic. ” Haydn and Mozart are considered to be the most prominent composers of that time period as they were not afraid to come up with an original sound that grew to be
This lead to Haydn’s parents discovering Joseph’s musical talents for which they sent Joseph, at the tender age of six to live in the Hainburg with his relative Johann Mathias Franck who was the local schoolmaster and choir director of the church. For the next two years Haydn was trained as a male soprano, a soloist, and to sing in church ... ... middle of paper ... ... only through his music, but through teaching music. One of his most prominent students was Beethoven. Also, Haydn and Mozart were dear friends. Mozart always said that he had learned how to write string quartets from Haydn.
He then began learning music from noble composers like Gottlob Neefe. Gottlob Neefe not only taught Beethoven music, he taught him about philosophers, ancient and modern. His childhood was filled with musical harmony. Yet, there have been rumors that Ludwig’s father would lock him in the basement and would force him to practice music, which Ludwig didn’t enjoy much. Whether the rumors of Beethoven being abused were false claims or not, he still enjoyed music very much and put his talent to use at its full potential.
Men such as Gilles van den Eden, a court organist, Tobias Pfeifer, a man of several traits like acting taught him keyboard. Franz Gerg Rovantini taught young Beethoven violin and viola lessons. One of his most influential teachers was Christian Gottlob Neefe, who mentored him throughout his life. By the time Beethoven was ten years old, he was becoming noticed at court and even had some paid performances. “In an effort to facilitate his musical development, in 1787 the court decided to send Beethoven to Vienna, Europe’s capital of culture and music, where he hoped to study with Mozart.
Both of these men had the more reserved style of the Classical era before it even began, and they influenced three of the biggest names of this era: Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart. Johann personally met Mozart in London, and greatly influenced his concertos for piano. Meanwhile, Haydn and Beethoven were both influenced by the sonatas of Carl Bach. All three of these musicians, at some point in their life, studied in the city of... ... middle of paper ... ...ions as the modern string quartet, or the standardized mode of the symphony instantly recognized today? Where would the world be without the innovations of Haydn or the towering, monstrously expressive emotion of Beethoven?
Finally, in 1792 Beethoven studied with Joseph Hayden in Vienna along with Johan George Albrechtsberger and Antonio Salieri. By 1795, he was an established piano virtuoso working not for the church or noble court but for members of the aristocracy, who paid for his compositions and subscribed to his concerts. He also gained income from public concerts, music lessons, and selling his works. In 1800 Beethoven presented his first symphony though it was considered risqué an... ... middle of paper ... ... covey too much at once. Overall, I would come back to this biography only to reference facts about Beethoven and the history that was happening and influencing the composer at the time.
Mozart died in Prague in 1791, and interestingly, his fame, celebrity, and standing as a classical composer rose substantially after this death. Even now he is more well-known than he ever was during his lifetime. Beethoven, meanwhile, died as famous as he lived. Similarities and differences exist between these two composers but their impact on musical performance and composition will never cease to resonate. Mozart and Beethoven will forever be remembered as important, influential figures of classical music.
Both men are sons of musicians; Leopold Mozart was a composer and a violinist in the archi-episcopal court of Slazburg; Johann Van Beethoven was a member of the electoral choir and taught violin and clavier. Mozart’s and Beethoven’s fathers taught them to love and cherish music and both men went on to be accomplished musicians and composers. Although their musical upbringings are similar, Mozart’s and Beethoven’s musical styling’s cannot be any more different. Mozart’s secular music has many liturgical influences and, even though Beethoven grew up Catholic and wrote two Masses, Beethoven’s secular music is far from being sacred. Both men wrote more than their fair share of music, Mozart completing over 193 compositions and Beethoven far beyond sixty-eight.
Salieri helped Beethoven in setting Italian words to music. IV. Establishment as pianist and composer His first task in Vienna was to establish himself as pianist and composer. He achieved both rapidly. A. Aristocracy He had worked for a court in Bonn so his first contacts were in aristocratic circles.
This spoke not only to his ability as a conductor but also to his ability as a composer. Musicologist Constantin Floros writes, “The best conductors are themselves composers.” The different musical roles Mahler filled serve to reinforce each other as a fantastic composer makes for a fantastic conductor. Mahler’s fame sat mostly in the musical community itself during his life and dropped slightly after his death. It wasn’t until half a century late when Leonard Bernstein revived Mahler’s works that it gained the status it holds today with composers like Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. The fifth symphony Mahler wrote falls into the middle period of the composer’s professional life.