Essay on Mozart and Beethoven

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Music Appreciation
May 2010

Mozart and Beethoven

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven are two of the greatest composers ever to write music. Both men lived in the early 18th and 19th century, but their music and influences are still felt today. The men faced similar experiences, yet they both lead very different lives. All together the pieces that these men composed amounts to over 300 published, and unpublished works of art. The people of their time period often had mixed feelings about these men, some “complained that Mozart’s music presented them with too many ideas and that his melodies moved from one to the next faster than audiences could follow, yet the ideas themselves seem effortless and natural, clear and
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Wolfgang was busy during his childhood, playing, and practicing his music; he did not get much of a chance to really experience being a child. His father was constantly pushing him to be better, to play hard, and to make more money. Mozart and his father were evidently close, there are many different views to how Leopold fathered his children; some say he was a money hungry truant, others say he was sweet, sensitive, wanted the best for his children, and that the money didn’t matter. I believe that Leopold want the best for his children, and maybe a little money out of it. Eventually, Mozart wanted to leave his native home of Salzburg, he was most likely tired of his father constantly trying to control his life. Having knowledge of the lack of jobs in Vienna, and disregarding his fathers pleads, Mozart left his home anyways, heading for Vienna with no steady job. Playful and boyish were just two characteristics Mozart exhibited. He was also described as being eccentric, rebellious, intelligent and quick-witted. He had a difficult time making the transition to adulthood. He was also said to be a compulsive gambler, and was in debt by the early 1790s. Ludwig van Beethoven’s father, Johann van Beethoven was a musician, teacher, and a singer. His father started giving him piano lesson’s at the age of 4 or 5. Beethoven’s father was all about exploiting his young son’s talents; he even lied about
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