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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
The Magic Flute


Mozart's famous German singspiel, or opera, "The Magic Flute," tells a charming, fantastic story that includes a bird seller, a captured princess, a prince who wants to rescue her, an evil Queen of the Night,a priest and, of course, a magic flute. The plot is complicated but the music is beautiful and memorable. You won't be able to stop humming Papageno's theme song!

Other shows about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart's Operas
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!

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This Week's Quiz:

1. The Magic Flute is a singspiel, a German play with both spoken lines and music.

True

False


2.Which of the following is NOT a character in The Magic Flute?

Papageno

Pamino

Hary Janos

Queen of the Night

Sarastro


3. The Magic Flute was written for ordinary people, not for nobility.

True

False



 

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


Composed in 1783
Performed by
Jeno Jando, piano

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