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The classical period produced more instrumental than vocal music a wealth of serious and comic operas as well as vocal religious music also appeared during this timeFerris 231 One of the best composer of this time was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart In this paper I will go through his childhood his friends and family and of course his music EnjoyThe world that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart entered ceremoniously in 1756 was brimming in change Historians refer to this era as the Age of Enlightenment one of unparalleled scientific philosophical and political ferment Within Mozarts lifetime it set in motion forces that would fundamentally alter life not only in his native Salzburg but also around the globe The Enlightenment was not to be sure a democratic movement In France the absolutism of the Sun King Louis XIV continued under Louis XV and XVI But in Austria Empress Maria Theresa introduced a greater measure of tolerance and freedom among her subjects laying a foundation for the democratic revolutions that followed Wolfgangs father Leopold came from a family of Augsburg bookbinders He received a solid Jesuit education more intellectual than evangelical after a year at the Benedictine University in nearby Salzburg Leopold stopped attending classes to pursue a career as a musician Leopold figured as Mozarts most important first model He taught his son the clavier and compositionMercardo 763 Wolfgangs mother Anna-Maria brought as much talent to her 32-year marriage as did Leopold Though deprived of a formal education she was highly intelligent and quick-witted qualities that attracted the sober and reserved Leopold Only two of their seven children survived infancy Wolfgangs musically talented sister Nannerl was five years older Yet in this painting the 12-year- old looks like a spinster of seventycomplete with budding double chin Wolfgang too looks far older than his 7 years and controls the action from his place at its centerIndeed Mozart marks the beginning of the Western fascination with the child prodigy Dressed in
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