Friday, February 17, 2017 by Claire Eldred | Composer of the Month
Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart was Born in Salzburg in 1756, and is recognised as on of the best classical composers of all time, with a repertoire spanning opera to symphonies.
Who's playing Mozart already this month?
Florence Allen! She is playing a tune called 'Mozart's 5 Names' and found a very interesting fact out about him! - He dated Marie Antoinette! ♥
Owen Beale and Caitlyn Brown are both playing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' which was composed by Mozart. The full title is 12 variations on 'Ah vice dirai-je, Maman' have a listen here: https://youtu.be/bOXdAa-G4bo
Hollie Phllips and Alex Watson are both playing a tune called 'Wishing Well' https://youtu.be/v3S6vE_w7p0
Rosie Bramley is really enjoying Eine Kleine Nachtmusik too.
What piece will you pick?
Most people think that Classical music is not really their kind of thing, but it has amazing powers!!
Known as the “Mozart effect,” a set of research published by the Oxford University Press contends that listening to Mozart’s music can make you momentarily smarter, raising your IQ by a few points while you’re listening. You’ll still have to hit the books once in a while, but next time you’re trying to revise, it can’t hurt to put on “Symphony #40 in G Minor.” https://youtu.be/-hJf4ZffkoI
Have a look at these over the month.
Taken from Classic FM website:
Symphony No. 41 nicknamed 'Jupiter' https://youtu.be/zK5295yEQMQ
Mozart wrote his first symphony in London in 1764–5 and his last in Vienna in August 1788. The last symphony, Symphony No.41 was nicknamed in later years the ‘Jupiter’ Symphony, which is believed to have come from an early arrangement for piano by Johann Peter Salomon.
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - a personal favourite!! https://youtu.be/o1FSN8_pp_o
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik ('A Little Night Music') is also known as Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major and was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1787. Only four of the five original movements survive.
The Magic Flute: Mozart's last opera https://youtu.be/et27CpqBvBE
The Magic Flute was the last opera Mozart composed, it was premiered on 30th September 1791 - roughly three months before he died. Mozart himself conducted the orchestra, while the librettist, Emanuel Schikaneder, sang the role of Papageno.
Mozart Horn Concerto No. 2 https://youtu.be/yCBO0LBrDUc
Another Hall of Fame favourite often voted by Classic FM listeners is his Horn Concerto No.2 for his friend and horn player Ignaz Leutgeb.
Mozart Clarinet Concerto: a film music favourite https://youtu.be/l3EJqvKhYzY
Another of Mozart’s most popular compositions is the Clarinet Concerto in A Major features in films including ‘The King’s Speech’, '27 Dresses' and 'Out of Africa'. The Clarinet Concerto is also a favourite here at Classic FM, often appearing in the top 10 in the Hall of Fame
Mozart's Requiem: left unfinished https://youtu.be/5pQB22R0Rjk
Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor was composed in 1791 and was left unfinished at the time of his death. Mozart composed his Requiem with the belief it was for himself. The work was commissioned by an anonymous nobleman, who had intended to pass off the work as his own.
‘Duettino- Sull'aria’ from one of Mozart’s most popular operas ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ features in the film ‘The Shawshank Redemption’.
Mozart's Symphony No.31 'Paris' https://youtu.be/s9yRart11vI
Mozart composed his first 30 symphonies by the age of 18, and returned to composing symphonies a few years later in Paris, the city which also happens to be the nickname of his Symphony No.31.