Sunday, January 27, 2019

Happy 263rd Birthday Mozart!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [Jan. 27, 1756 - December 5, 1791]
On this Sunday, January 27, 2019 we celebrate the great Classical composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, on his 263rd Birthday.  He was born in Salzburg, Austria and was a child prodigy on piano and violin. While his life was a short 35 years, he was a prolific composer of 27 piano concertos, 41 symphonies, 5 violin concertos, 22 operas, numerous masses, concertos for horn, flute and clarinet, and a vast number of chamber music pieces.  Mozart wasn't just one of the greatest composers ever because of the prolifically of compositions. He was also great because of the greatness of the compositions themselves.

Mozart was the quintessential classical composer who set the gold standard for classical compositions. No man is perfect, but if there ever was a composer of perfect compositions, it would have to be Mozart.  I think if there was one word to describe Mozart's work it would be exquisite. In a previous post I called Mozart, "Simply Genius" as he could do more with a simple music idea [and turn it into grand beauty] than probably any other composer.

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: the final movement of Mozart's last Piano Concerto #27, which was written near his death; the first movement of Mozart's dramatic, penultimate 40th symphony; the playful rondo movement of Mozart's piano quartet in G-minor; his exquisite Clarinet Quintet in A Major; the energetic rondo alla Turca movement of his Violin Concerto #5; and the great "Jupiter" Symphony, #41 - Mozart's final symphony in 4 movements: 1.Allegro Vivace, 2. Andante Cantabile, 3. Menuetto Allegretto, and 4. Molto Allegro.

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: Clarinet Quintet in A Major:

W.A. Mozart: Symphony #40 in G minor, movement 1, molto allegro:

W.A. Mozart: Violin Concerto #5 in A Major, 'Alla Turca', Movement 3, Rondo-Tempo di minuetto:

W. A. Mozart: Piano Quartet in G-minor, movement 3, Rondo:

W.A. Mozart: Symphony #41 in C Major, 'Jupiter':

Update-adding at the request of Reynolds Shook on twitter:
W.A. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major, Movement 2, Adagio:

Happy Birthday Wolfie!

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