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The Music Of Mozart

Updated on March 20, 2016

His Life And His Work

After 200 years he is still revered as a great composer. Having a unique style, he was able to make music that soothed the soul. His unique style has lifted spirits, inspired art and at times put us to sleep. Science in recent years have began to study the effects of classical music versus other musical genre. I personally enjoy listening to his music for the soothing qualities and essence that are in his music. Classical music has always been a standard for the rest of music genre.

Mozart and his family( his mother is represented by a portrait on the wall)
Mozart and his family( his mother is represented by a portrait on the wall)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Man And The Musician

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born January 27, 1756 and died December 5, 1791. The son of Leopold and Maria Pertl Mozart, he was a very talented musician and writer of Opera. As a young boy he was introduced to music by his father teaching both him and his older sister Nannerl to play music. Much of his music was composed on the road away from as his family traveled often to play music in Italy, France, Germany and London.

He married Constanze after settling in Vienna and continued composing the bulk of his music, switching to operas and then back to music. Around 1786 Mozart's situation worsened due to the war in Austria. Musicians were not being in great demand. With his income diminished, he moved to the suburbs of Alsergrund.

About 1790, Mozart's financial condition began to improve and he started paying off the debts he had accrued by borrowing from friends and family. Some of his success were due to the Magic flute and Little Masonic Cantata K. 623 which premiered November 15, 1791, 21 days before his death.

Mozart's Legacy - Kicking It With Mozart

mozart ,Men's Short Sleeve Rounded Neck T-shirt
mozart ,Men's Short Sleeve Rounded Neck T-shirt

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a picture of Mozart's wife
a picture of Mozart's wife

The Mozart Effect

Fact Or Fiction

One phenomena that has come about since the 1990's is something called the Mozart effect. This lead to the rumor that Mozart makes you smarter or his music boosted your IQ, which has not been proven, although it has been proven that playing Mozart to your baby will not necessarily make its IQ greater but it will relax the child.

In 1993 and 1995, scientists at the University of California of Irving, conducted a study that showed students who took a spatial relationship skills test did it better than those who listened to some other musician or to none at all. This brought about the idea that listening to Mozart makes you smarter. In the studies defense, I would have to point out that those who listened to Mozart were relaxed by the music ,which is of a soothing and relaxing nature.

This would explain why people thought listening to Mozart would make you smarter. Before taking a test most people become tense and listening to Mozart can take your mind off of the test for a short time, relaxing your brain enough to make them think clearer. Personally I believe that all it does is pull out certain mental roadblocks, that we intentionally put up because we are trying to keep the information in our mind so that we can do good on the tests. Therefore, our mind is able to grasp what we already know and be able to put it on the paper more efficiently. The Mozart effect has also been shown to decrease the amount of epilepsies an epileptic patient has, most likely for the same reason.

There have also been times where other composers have had the same effect with their music. I personally have also found that to be a reason for people to dislike Mozart. Frankly it puts them to sleep. Why, you might ask. The reason is quite simple, the person is so tense because of either personal issues, psycho somatic issues or just needing some rest, that they are lulled into a state of mind that is more relaxed than what they are used to. The body then shuts down and goes to sleep (getting them some much-needed sleep that they have most likely have been missing).

I remember one experiment that I, my brother and my sister conducted on our sheep. We got a small radio set up at one end of the corral and turned the music on, not high but relatively low. When we played rap or rock, the sheep went to the other side of the corral (even though they were hungry) facing the opposite direction. When we played, at that time, contemporary Christian music or classical music, they would go back to eating. In fact, we tested it out so thoroughly that the sheep would walk away ( sometimes even running) as soon as we started to reach for the dial. Understand we rarely played music around them, we just wanted to see what would happen. And yes, the sheep did get over it quite quickly (it's amazing what they will do for grain).

In the past year I have come across a program that uses music as a means to change the way you are able to learn. Or more accurately how you accept reality. I have been able to see changes from being barely able to handle one project at a time to finally being able to have multiple projects at once. My ability to see what I am saying or doing and the consequences have enabled e to start understanding others.

Music By Mozart - Soothing Music

Essential Mozart
Essential Mozart

This is a collection of his best works.

 
Mozart For Mothers To Be
Mozart For Mothers To Be

This is for those who are expecting children.

 

Penny For Your Thoughts

Mozart
Mozart

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Mozart Edition: Complete Works (170 CD Box Set)
Mozart Edition: Complete Works (170 CD Box Set)

Now this set I would not mind getting, every single song that he has written is on these 170 CDs.

 

What Do You Like About Mozart? - Give Me Your Opinion

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I didn't know listening to Mozart could make you smarter! Great job, thank you for sharing.

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      Mozart is one of my favorites. Good article!

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      I love Mozart's music.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I'm quite fond of Mozart, very lovely music - plus, he's the subject (no matter how accurately or inaccurately) of one of my favorite films, Amadeus! I absolutely love your sheep story, gave me a bit of a chuckle. Great lens!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Ah ... the musical bottom line on Mozart ... he rocks!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Your sheep experiment made me smile. My cousin's dairy cows seemed to like the 50s and 60s music. Seems like the Buddy Holly vibes, or even Neal Diamond, helped the milk flow. Music is powerful in many ways. Having started out as a music therapy major in college, I especially appreciate the relaxing and healing qualities of music. I do appreciate Mozart and classical music.

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      MCB2011 5 years ago

      I love your sheep story!

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I'm a huge Mozart fan! Music certainly affects people in many ways. As a musician, I tend to listen extra carefully to all sorts of music to analyze the chord progressions and harmonic structures. The more complex the music is, the more I like it! ~ It's fascinating about your sheep experiment!