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Hoy nuestra sección “A day in History”, esta dedicada a Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
I think everyone has heard a Mozart composition, or even more; many of you have probably seen the movie “Amadeus”.
I remember, from the time the film was first screened, a line a writer had written for that occasion:
“So incredibly talented was Wolfang Amadeus Mozart, that for nearly 300 years after his death, the world still has questions about his life, his death, and of course his music”.
But what is fiction and what is reality?
To commemorate his birthday anniversary, I will like to share with all of you, no only a little of his biography but some interesting facts of his life.
Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was born on January 27th, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. At an early age, Mozart showed a great musical talent.
Some historians say that one day, at the age of three, just after his father concluded a piano lesson for his older sister Marian, Wolfgang walked over to the piano and began to play back the lesson that he had just heard. Instantly, his father noticed the great talent his son had, and began to teach him music. Within a year, he was already an accomplished pianist. He learned violin, too.
When he was five, he began to compose music pieces for piano. His father used to write down the notes as he played them. Later, Wolfgang learned to write music notation.
At 17 he was engaged as a court musician in Salzburg.
One day he told his father that he was writing a concerto. His father, after looking at the manuscript, was astonished and told him: “It is a pity it cannot be made use of. It is so difficult, that no one could play it” Mozart replied — It is a concerto, and must be studied until it can be played properly. He walked to the piano and played it.
Mozart traveled widely in search of a better position. The court didn’t appreciate his travels and dismissed him in 1781. He finally decided to live in Viena, where he achieved fame, but little financial security. He never stopped composing. At that time, Mozart was hired to write a Requiem (a Mass for the dead). Without a regular income, quickly fell into debt and later, he fell ill.
Some say that in his delirium caused by fever, Mozart believed the man who commissioned the work was Death himself, and that the Requiem he was writing was to be his own. Mozart never completed this Requiem. The rumor that Mozart was murdered by a rival musician named Antonio Salieri has, over time, proven to be false.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a genius musician and composer, died of Rheumatic Fever, penniless, and forgotten. He was buried in an unmarked grave on December 5th, 1791.
Through all his life Mozart composed overt 600 works for concerto, chamber, piano, symphonic, opera, and choral music.
If you want to learn more about his life, you can read it at Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
- screened – presented in the movies
- accomplished – highly trained or skilled
- engage – employ or hire
- dismissed – not employed anymore
- a pity – a cause of regret or disappointment
- Mass – The Christian Eucharist or Holy Communion, especially in the Roman Catholic Church (misa)
- penniless – without money; very poor
- grave – a hole dug in the ground to receive a coffin or a death corpse
See you next week!
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