The Life of Mozart My book report is from the biography of Mozart written by Robert W. Stuntman. It was illustrated by the Jacket art courtesy of Music Lovers Society and was published by Harcourt Brace and Company. It was printed In New York City and the year of publication was 1999. Mozart was born In Salisbury, Austria, the son of composer, musical author, and violinist, Leopold Mozart and his wife, Anna Maria Pertly. His given names were Johann Chromosome Wolfgang Audiophiles, the last of which is Goodliest in German, and Amadeus in Latin.
He used Wolfgang and Amadeus in his signature, so he is nearly known by these two names. He displayed marked musical gifts very early, playing the keyboard confidently when aged four, composing his first pieces for it aged five, and quickly mastering the violin. Leopold was keen to exhibit his son’s extraordinary talents, along with those of his gifted pianist-daughter, Maria-Anna (called Manner) (1751–1829), and he undertook a series of tours across Europe with them when Mozart was Just SIX years old.
In 1767 the family went to Vienna for five months, where Mozart wrote an opera buffo (comic opera) for the Emperor, La flat simple (trans, the Pretend Simpletons; ND a Single (a German-language opera with some spoken dialogue), Abstain undo Abstinent (1769), commissioned by DRP Franz Anton Messes. However, in Vienna, the Italian musicians at court, including the composer Antonio Saltier, made it difficult for him to produce his operas. He returned to Salisbury, and was appointed honorary Concertmaster to Archbishop Sigmund von Scratching.
There followed three extended visits by father and son to Italy (1770–2). Musical experience gained on these tours helped mold Mozart style, especially In dramatic music. He was prolific, writing sacred vocal pieces and Instrumental works too. By 1 772 he had written about 25 symphonies (some are lost), and his first quartets. Further quartets and symphonies followed during and after a visit to Vienna in 1773, when he came into contact with Heyday’s music.
Between 1775–6 he composed two operas: La flat Gardenia (trans The Lady Who Disguised Herself as a Gardener) and II Re Pastors (The Shepherd King); five violin concertos; the Huffier Serenade, and masses for the Salisbury Court Chapel. Bach, Haydn, Handel, and the Italian composers were all major influences on him at the time. Unhappy with the austere and unmusical Archbishop Colored of Salisbury, who was appointed at the death of Sigmund, Mozart left his service in 1777 and, traveling with his mother, sought employment elsewhere.
They stayed at Anaheim, where he composed some Plano concertos and flute quartets, and fell In love with a coloratura soprano, Alyssa Weber. In 1778 his mother died in Paris. He composed Salisbury. Mozart visited the Webber on his way back to find that Alyssa seemed to have forgotten him entirely. Back in Salisbury, Mozart reluctantly accepted the post of court organist (1779). At this time he composed the Coronation Mass (1779), the Assassin Concentrate in E Flat Major for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, and the Serenade in D Major.
In 1780 he received an important commission from Munich, the opera series (serious opera) Demimonde. In 1781 Colored summoned Mozart to Vienna for the coronation of Emperor Joseph II. Again, he left the archbishop’s service, this time after a stormy scene, but remained in Vienna, which became his home for the rest of his short, full Alyssa Weber had married a court actor and Mozart had turned his attentions to ere sister Constance, whom he married in 1782 – the year of his Single, Die Neutering ass deem Serial (The Abduction from the Harem).
Married life was humorous and happy, but financially insecure. Mozart eked out his income by teaching. He and Constants had six children, two of whom survived. He became a Freemason in 1784, and in the same year he produced six piano concertos. In 1785 he composed a further three, and in 1786 three more. These marked the rich flowering of his maturity, along with the six quartets dedicated to Haydn; the Line and Prague symphonies; and the three Italian comic masterpieces composed to libretti by
Lorenz dad Point: Lee nozzle did Figaro (1786, The Marriage of Figaro, after Beneficiaries), Don Giovanni (first performed in Prague, 1787), and Coos fan tutee 11790, trans. Thus All Women). The string quintets in C major and G minor (1787), the last three symphonies (1788) – including his masterpiece of counterpoint, the Symphony no. 41 in C Major, the Jupiter – the quartets for the King of Prussia, and a clarinet quintet mark the peak of his instrumental powers. The letters to fellow Masons in his last three years make sad reading, reflecting his countless anxieties about finance or health.
He hoped for new commissions or a court post on the accession of Emperor Leopold II, but nothing was forthcoming. In 1791 he applied unsuccessfully for the post of Experimentalist of SST Stephens Cathedral. His last complete works were the Masonic Single, Die Subterfuge (1791, ere Magic Flute); an opera series, La clemency did Toto (1791, The mercy of Toto), and a clarinet concerto for Loophole’s coronation. Commissioned by an unknown stranger to compose the Requiem Mass, Mozart became obsessed with the idea that it was for his own death, and he died before the work was finished after a three-week fever.
No convincing evidence about the cause of death has come to light, although there has been much speculation about it. Deeply in debt at the time of his death, Mozart did not live long enough to enjoy the financial rewards from the success of The Magic Flute, and was buried in a pauper’s grave. Even though I did not get a chance to read the whole entire book, I thought that Mozart life was interesting and worthwhile. He seemed a little kooky at times, but interpreting Mozart’ life. The book was a little hard to follow but it gave me much to “rite about him and learned more about his work.