Mozart and Beethoven

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Music Appreciation May 2010 Mozart and Beethoven Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven are two of the greatest composers ever to write music. Both men lived in the early 18th and 19th century, but their music and influences are still felt today. The men faced similar experiences, yet they both lead very different lives. All together the pieces that these men composed amounts to over 300 published, and unpublished works of art. The people of their time period often had mixed feelings about these men, some “complained that Mozart’s music presented them with too many ideas and that his melodies moved from one to the next faster than audiences could follow, yet the ideas themselves seem effortless and natural, clear and unforced.” (Bonds 210-211) Beethoven’s criticisms ranged from ‘genius’ to grim dislike. Mozart and Beethoven were influenced by things going on around them such as: love, nature, and the Enlightenment. Mozart’s father Leopold Mozart was a somewhat know composer and violinist who recognized Wolfgang’s talent for the piano early in his life. The father quit his job to make sure that his son could meet the best musical education possible, however he was not only thinking of the well-being of his son, he was also focusing on the financial benefits that could come from his young prodigy son. Wolfgang also had a very musically talented sister, Maria Anna; their father took them both on concert tours all over Europe, starting when Wolfgang was six years old. Maria Anna eventually decided to quit touring, possibly because she lived under her brothers shadow, and realized that, because she was a woman, her musical opportunities were limited. While Wolfgang was touring Europe, his mother became very ill... ... middle of paper ... ...udwig van Beethoven. 2004 Lorelette Knowles, n.d. Web. 26 May 2010. Works Cited Bonds, Mark. Listen to This. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc., 2009. 208, 210-211. Print "Beethoven." N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May 2010. BEETHOVEN AND HIS BONN FRIEND. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 May 2010. "A Mozart Biography." W.A.Mozart. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May 2010. “Ludwig van Beethoven." COMPOSERS. 2001 Sony Music Entertainment, n.d. Web. 26 May 2010. "Orchestra Settle." Ludwig van Beethoven. 2004 Lorelette Knowles, n.d. Web. 26 May 2010.
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