Thursday, January 4, 2018

Mozart's Simple Beauty

Please enjoy one of my repeat classical music posts I publish on the weekends of the Tales.

W.A. Mozart [1756-1791]
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the quintessential classical composer, along with Ludwig Van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach, are my top three favorite composers.  Mozart, in my opinion, could make more with an uncomplicated theme or idea than any other composer.  The musical idea may at first sound simple without much substance but the genius Mozart could turn it into a musical beauty with depth.

The master - Beethoven
Everyone knows Beethoven's famous first movement of his epic 5th symphony where he takes a short eight note motif of "fate/death knocking at the door" [da, da da, da--da, da, da da] and turns that into one of the most compelling mesmerizing pieces of music ever made.

Well Mozart does it with the shortest possible theme you could have-consisting of only two notes.  In the first movement of Mozart's 29th symphony Mozart opens with a scherzo-like two note motif that he develops fully into a beautiful substantial movement.  While it certainly doesn't have the greatness or seriousness of Beethoven's 5th symphony, it is nonetheless a very pleasant satisfying symphony in typical Mozart classical style.   

Please turn up the volume and listen to the first movement of Mozart's symphony #29 and be sure and listen to the first two notes of the symphony and see how he uses that short motif to develop this orchestral beauty in only the way the genius Mozart could do.

Then leave up the volume to hear what is undoubtedly the most well known motif from a symphony, which is recognized by classical and non classical music lovers alike - it opens the first movement of Beethoven's 5th symphony.

W.A. Mozart: Symphony #29 in A Major, movement 1, Allegro moderato:

L.V. Beethoven: Symphony # 5 in C-minor, Movement 1, Allegro con brio:


servative said...

Beethovan, Bach, Mozart ... heaven! TY Big Mike :)

Big Mike said...

Amen, serv! You're welcome!

eurobird said...

The music world is now poorer with the passing of this great conductor. Rest in musical peace!

Big Mike said...

Thanks Eurobird.