|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [Jan. 27, 1756 - December 5, 1791]|
Mozart was the quintessential classical composer who set the gold standard for classical compositions.
I believe there is a consensus among musicologists studying Mozart's compositions of their evaluation: perfect. In his compositions are some of the most beautiful melodies ever written. They will be loved and played by music lovers forever.
While I have so many favorite classical music composers, my top three are Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. It depends upon the day on which one I put on top. Because on this weekend we celebrate Mozart's birthday, today I will put him as #1. :-)
For those of you who know little about classical music but want to start learning about it, I would suggest going to your local music store [that has a good section for classical music] and pick out any piece by Mozart. I don't care what you choose, you can't go wrong.
So, to celebrate this epic composer's birthday, enjoy just a few of his great works of music: Mozart's last piano concerto, which was written near his death; the "Queen of the night" aria the most famous aria from Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute"; the first movement of Mozart's dramatic, penultimate 40th symphony; Mozart's smooth, bright clarinet concerto in A-Major; and the playful rondo movement of Mozart's piano quartet in G-minor.
Please turn up the volume and enjoy some Mozart!
W.A. Mozart: Piano Concerto #27 in B flat Major, Movement 3, allegro:
W.A. Mozart: "Queen of the night" Aria from the Magic Flute:
W.A. Mozart: Symphony #40 in G minor, movement 1, molto allegro:
W.A. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A-Major:
W. A. Mozart: Piano Quartet in G-minor, movement 3, Rondo:
Happy Birthday Wolfie!