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Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a child prodigy in music By his fifth birthday he played the piano Before he was twelve he had composed several sonatas concertos and symphonies During his teens he mastered the piano violin and harpsichord and performed his first major opera Mitridate At fifteen he was appointed as the concert master in the orchestra of the Archbishop of Salzburg He did not receive a formal education but learned Latin Italian French and a little English that became very helpful in his travels He was a brilliant composer of Classical symphonies opera chamber music and sonatas and whose works are ranked among the greatest ever produced One of the most popular examples of Mozarts work was Eine Kleine Nachmusik a Serenade for a string quartet consisting of four movements The first movement was a Fast Sonata a two-part tonal structure in three main sections It was important to provide an upbeat piece for the first movement as an emotional high point to grab the listeners attention and was common in 18th century compositions The second movement was a Slow Rondo a piece of music with a repetitive main theme separated by contrasting sections During the third movement a Dance Minuet the pace of the music quickens In the fourth movement a Fast Rondo the music becomes repetitive again but is faster paced to end the work with a high point In 1787 he was hired to write an opera to be produced in Prague Together with Lorenzo Da Ponte they produced Don Giovanni a two part opera about the love affairs of a Don Juan type character a fictitious lover lacking sexual restraint It was well received yet the reviews often mentioned problems associated with the difficulty of execution a problem with the later works of Mozart The performers and audiences could not cope with the complexities of his blossoming style He was an overwhelming successful
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