The Genius of Mozart – Miracle of Nature

The Genius of Mozart is very well crafted, though for music fans Charles Hazelwood’s presenting mayn’t be to people’s tastes. Though it is beautifully filmed, and very well acted, with Claire Skinner as Nannerl and Jack Tarlton as Mozart himself. The real star is the fantastic music, from some dramatizations of some of his operas like Marriage of Figaro, and the despair of his Requiem. I do confess, I did shed a tear at the end, it was sad. I love Mozart’s music, it is very relaxing, and quite dramatic when it needs to be. The Requiem will always be my favorite. All in all, a very good series, not as good as Beethoven one year after, but nonetheless recommended for those fans of Mozart.

Miracle of Nature

A Passions for the Stage

The First Romantic

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (German: baptismal name Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era.

Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, he was engaged as a court musician in Salzburg, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position, always composing abundantly. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death. The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized. He was survived by his wife Constanze and two sons.

Mozart learned voraciously from others, and developed a brilliance and maturity of style that encompassed the light and graceful along with the dark and passionate. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence on subsequent Western art music is profound; Beethoven composed his own early works in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote that “posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years.”

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