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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Mozart's Operas


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his first opera when he was twelve, and opera continued to fascinate him throughout his life. Mozart had such genius for combining music and theater that he took opera to a whole new level. No other composer from Mozart's day still has so many operas performed all over the world.

Music heard in this episode:
Mozart: Marriage of Figaro: Finale
Mozart: Marriage of Figaro: "Canzonetta sull'aria" (Countess/Susanna duet)
Mozart: The Magic Flute: Papageno (humming)
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro: Opening duet Figaro/Susanna
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro: "Non più andrai"
Mozart: The Magic Flute: "Der Hölle Rache" (Queen of the Night aria )
Mozart: The Magic Flute: "O Isis und Osiris" (Sarastro aria)
Mozart: The Magic Flute: Papageno/Papagena Duet

Other shows about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
The Magic Flute
About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Janissary Music
What's a Rondo?
Child Prodigy Composers

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About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1/27/1756 - 12/5/1791
Born in Austria

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, where his father Leopold was a violinist and composer. Wolfgang (or Wolferl, as his family called him) was a child prodigy. He composed his first piece of music at age five; he had his first piece published when he was seven; and he wrote his first opera when he was twelve. By the time Wolfgang was 6, he was an excellent pianist and violinist. He and his sister Maria Anna (known as Nannerl) traveled all over Europe performing for royalty.

When he grew up, Mozart moved to Vienna, and tried to earn a living as a pianist and composer. But he had a lot of trouble handling the fact that he was no longer a child prodigy. Mozart was still a musical genius, but after he stopped being a cute kid, people stopped making a big fuss over him. Back then, musicians were treated like servants, but Mozart did not, and could not think of himself as a servant.

Mozart was only 35 when he died. During his short life, he composed in all different musical forms, including operas, symphonies, concertos, masses, and chamber music. Today, he is still considered a genius!

See other composers born in Austria

 

This Week's Quiz:

1. An opera is a stage work with costumes and sets in which the words are sung.

True

False


2.Which of the following is NOT an opera by Mozart?

The Marriage of Figaro

The Magic Flute

Aida


3. Which character in The Magic Flute sings very fast, very loud and very high?

Sarastro

Papageno

The Queen of the Night

Pamina

Pamino



 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
"Turkish Rondo" from Piano Sonata in A, K. 331


Composed in 1783
Performed by
Jeno Jando, piano

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