Posted by Administrator on 8/25/2012
One composer bridged the Classical and Romantic periods of music. One
composer drank coffee daily – sixty coffee beans per cup. One composer
studied under Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Mozart. One composer dedicated a
symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte, until he learned that Napoleon had
crowned himself emperor, at which point the symphony was rededicated to
the heroic “common man.” And one composer continued writing incredible
music even after he was deaf and unable to hear his own compositions.
That composer is the complex character of Ludwig van Beethoven.
Posted by Administrator on 8/15/2012
Called a true musical prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began composing
music at the age of four, and he played in concerts across Europe at the
age of six. He had perfect pitch, enabling him to sing a note on
request or name a note when played for him. This ability became almost a
parlor game at many of his concerts. And he taught himself how to play
the violin, in addition to playing the clavier or keyboard. In his short
lifetime (only thirty-five years) he composed over six hundred pieces
in a variety of styles: operas, chorale music, symphonies, keyboard
pieces, masses, and more. After listening to a small sampling of his
works, you will readily agree that Mozart had a rare gift for creating
music – compositions that have brought joy and delight to listeners’
hearts for nearly two-and-a-half centuries.
Posted by Administrator on 8/1/2012
“At the thought of God my heart leapt for joy, and I could not help my
music’s doing the same.” Joseph Haydn’s music certainly expresses and
encourages joy – so much so that some of his sacred music was actually
criticized by some puritanical church members during his day. It is a
joy that could only come from a love of God because early circumstances
in his life would have defeated and discouraged moist men. Yet “Papa
Haydn,” as he was affectionately called, maintained a merry heart and
encouraging spirit throughout his years.