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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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          Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a renowned Austrian composer. Many of Mozart’s masterpieces are still very well known today. A few of his pieces are now ringtones for the modern day cell phone. Mozart created pieces in the form of operas, concertos, symphonies, and sonatas. All of these had a great impact in classical music. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1757, in Salzburg, and he died on December 5, 1791, in Vienna (Sadie). He lived a short life by passing away at age 35 due to severe military fever. Mozart and his sister were the only two of his seven siblings to survive. Asking about Mozart’s importance to music is ideally similar to asking Newton’s contribution to physics. While both Mozart and Newton made significant contributions in their different life aspects, it is evident that Mozart’s contributions to music are not frequently talked about as is the case of Newton’s contribution to physics. Such an aspect is because Mozart mainly did traditional forms of music such as the sonata, the minuet, the rondo among others, rather than revolutionary composition (Steele 180). Nonetheless, Mozart’s compositions remain some of the most influential pieces to date.

            Mozart contributed immensely to the music industry during his era. A majority of his works had spanned over time from the time when the style made a transformation from an exemplified one to the contrapuntal complexities of which the gallant style has remained to react against (Steele 179). Ideally, the kind of stylistic development that Mozart used came close as a parallel to the elaboration of the classical style wholly. Unlike many composers that did new genres in their compositions, Mozart’s case was different. Despite none of his genres being new, the contributions he made to piano concerto remains in his identity as he almost single-handedly developed and popularized the genre (Reimer 41). Being a versatile composer, a majority of his pieces were from nearly all genres including string quartet, string quintet, and the piano sonata, all of which are origins of the chamber music.

            All the central traits attributed to the classical style of music have their identities in Mozart’s music. With the application of the simplistic notion of the delicacy of his music, Mozart ensured that his pieces had the clarity, transparency, and balance, all of which are the hallmarks of his contributions to the music industry. Ideally, it is only with the recognition of the elements of violence and sensuality, the core attributes of Mozart's work that one can have a comprehensive understanding of the structure and the insight of Mozart's magnificence to music composition and comprehension (Steele 190). Unlike a majority of composers who focus on an individual genre as well as style, Mozart in his time switched from instrumental music to operas before later making it back to instrumentals. In the operas, Mozart developed subtle changes use in the instrumentation, orchestration, as well as in the tone color as a means of expressing the various psychological and emotional states together with the dramatic shifts represented by the music. Such a perspective is of vital importance in music composition as it ensures that the person using such a piece directly interacts with the piece, which in turn arouses the inner feeling as expressed by the music (Masataka and Leonid 694).

            Indeed a majority of composers since the time of Mozart have made appreciations for his work and the influence it has on them. Rossini, the present day composers makes claim that among the musicians he has known it is only Mozart who had as much knowledge of music as a genius and as much a genius as knowledge (Steele 186). Composers today look back at Mozart as a role model as his pieces of music remain effortless without insubstantial. A critical factor to such an occurrence is the fact that a majority of Mozart’s compositions evoke a range of emotions on the listeners. In fact, while most of other composers’ music go down, Mozart’s pieces remain afloat (Reimer 37). While doing his pieces, Mozart made the composition of music look easy with every note in his music coming out exactly as anyone else would have intended it to happen. Based on such considerations, Mozart remains a highly influencing character in the music industry, years long after he dies, a clear indication that indeed he made outstanding contributions to the music industry, a legacy that lives to date.

            From the modern classical music, it is evident that the human-friendly melodies have been abandoned, one that would make an individual sing along. Currently, a majority of pieces are mainly about texture and rhythm with the little melody in place. In comparison to the music pieces by Mozart, it is evident that the modern music lacks the captivation and emotional arousal to the listeners (Masataka and Leonid 688); rather, the modern composers are more concerned with many productions without considering the effect it has on the listeners. On the contrary, listening to Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24, the piece is nothing close to what the present-day composers would ever think of (Steele 181). Ideally, the primary mission that contributed to Mozart’s high influence in the music industry is that in whatever one does, it should be a thing that the world would later talk. Indeed, the numerous pieces of music that Mozart composed have outlived the age of time and still influence the composers today while also appealing to the listeners.

            Being a person with a high sense of humor, Mozart’s works had some cheerful influence on the listeners, even though he also had serious production. Most of the today producers have had their music fast fading from the platform while people continue to listen to Mozart’s pieces years after his death. Mozart’s background played a significant role in determining that he achieved his goals. From the composing lesson, he got from the father and the early exposure to instruments positively influenced the quality of his productions, an aspect that still resonates to date (Masataka and Leonid 691). Gifted with the music arrangement talent, Mozart wrote almost every kind of music that existed during his time. In fact, of the numerous symphonies that he wrote, some were opera overtures, which only lasted a few minutes while others that consisted of 4 movements lasted for up to half an hour. Such a consideration is a clear cut in diversity, an important theme that lacks in the works of other composers. With such an advanced understanding of music, Mozart influenced the essence of composers having their target audiences at heart during their compositions so as to ensure that that which is produced is entirely that which was intended and required. Mozart’s legacy lives on through the pieces of music he composed thus making one of the most profound contributions to the music fraternity.

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