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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, rock star of his time

Updated on October 27, 2013
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A little night music to salve the spirit

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's music lifts my mood and transforms my spirits. Whatever I am experiencing, Mozart makes it better.

When my friend died several years ago, I sat in my car after the funeral, sobbing for what seemed like hours. Eventually, I had to drive home, so I popped my well-worn tape (that's how long ago it was) of Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik into the cassette player on my dash and listened to the entire piece, not once but twice.

I got home safely that night and was able to attend a gathering of another sort, and with a totally different group of people, without dampening the mood with my sadness.

To this day, whenever I need a lift, Mozart's "Little Night Music" transports me instantly to a calmer place. It can be a soothing meditation companion. At other times, it is a stirring mood lifter that sends the heart into raptures.

Child star

Mozart was a child star, the talk of the circuit. His father, a classical musician himself, and the quintessential stage-father/manager, booked his child prodigy in courts across Europe. Some stories claim the father was more interested in the money the child could bring the family than in the toll the constant travel and performances took on the boy's health.

Some posit the young man suffered from bipolar disorder, citing his compulsive composing at breakneck speed, often followed by depression. Personally, I suspect it was more a matter of inspiration and exhaustion, the result of birthing a new work to the world.

Rock star of his time

The rock star of his time, Mozart generated adulation, sometimes jealousy, and quite often controversy wherever he went.

Just like rock stars of today, he delighted unsuspecting audiences, showing up unannounced at local venues and jamming with fellow musician-composers such as Haydn, trying out new works and having a grand time.

Like many of our stars, he went through good times and bad, living the high life, then falling deep into debt when the sales (in his case, patrons providing commissions and stipends) fell on the dry side.

He chafed at having to write what his patrons and the public wanted to hear rather than letting his creativity soar, and longed for the days he could compose exactly the music his brain and heart heard.

Mozart was taken from our world far too young. I have always wondered what gifts he would have left us had he been permitted a longer life.

Here, a short synopsis of the composer's biography, told in interviews with various musicians and historians, illustrated throughout with portraits and paintings depicting his life and times.

What I love most about this video are the pictures of Mozart and his family

The ultimate cross-over artist

Mozart wrote, and won popular acclaim for, more than 600 compositions in his short 35 years. What's more he composed in nearly every genre of the time, and played well nearly every instrument.

That would be like Paul McCartney writing and performing hundreds of hit songs not only in rock, but in country, rap, blues, and hip-hop, then branching out into chamber music, symphonies and opera and excelling with each. Well, in truth, McCartney has done quite a bit of that in his much longer lifetime, but that's another story.

Mozart: An Introduction to the Music, the Man, and the Myths
Mozart: An Introduction to the Music, the Man, and the Myths

I especially like this read on Mozart's life and music because it lets us see him (one chapter is actually titled, "What did Mozart look like") in his home and court surroundings, and because Wates takes us on little lyrical journeys through his music.

 

How has Mozart's music enriched your life? Are you a fan?

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Brite-Ideas: Thank you kindly.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      A wonderful review, I was captivated by all the little tidbits about Mozart's life - very fascinating - to be so gifted yet in his ways so tortured (like you said, it's a bit of common tale with stars)

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @VioletteRose LM: You are welcome. To this day, it is one of my favorite pieces of music.

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      What a wonderful review, it was so touching to read about your friend. Nothing else is good like music to calm the disturbed minds. Thanks for writing this.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @TanoCalvenoa: One of my favorites too. Thank you for stopping by.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is one of my very favorite classical pieces. I love classical music, and Mozart of course is one of my favorite composers.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @smine27: That is an amazing montage, isn't it? I'd love to hear you play Mozart!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I used to play the piano and Mozart was my favorite composer. Love the montage!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @sierradawn lm: So glad you enjoyed the video montage. Thank you for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      I adore Mozart! I loved seeing all of those pictures of him and his family. I love everything that he wrote, including all of his operas. It is too hard to say which piece is my favorite, but Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is definitely one of them. Most excellent for lifting spirits!

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      When I was young I found Mozart's music a little dry and preferred Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, but as I get older I appreciate it much more. I especially love Mozart's piano concertos and the Concerto for flute and harp is an absolute delight!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @Sable: Thank you, Sable. I'm especially happy when I find another person who digs the nuances and depth of his music.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @TJHousel: Thank you so much! Who knew, when we were kids, that classical music could stir us so, eh? The background is a public domain image and is the same one used on the cover of several books about Mozart. Thank you for taking the time to leave a note.

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      Tawnya 4 years ago from NE Ohio

      I am a fan, and I think many others would be as well if they took the time to enjoy the music. By the way, I love the background of the lens.

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      Sable 4 years ago

      I fell in love with classical music in a freshman Music and Art History class, when I heard Mozart... really heard for the first time the blending of sound, rhythm, emotion, passion and story telling. What a gift he was to me, and to the world! Nice piece on him!