Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart And Mozart's Musical Contributions

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Studies showed that a child will inherit his or her parents’ gene and it may be possible for a musically educated parent to pass on his or her musical gene to the child. One example is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). He was known as a child prodigy and started performing around major capitals of Europe as young as six years old. His father, Leopold Mozart, was a highly regarded violin teacher of that period and taught little Mozart how to compose and play keyboard at the tender age of four, which resulted in him having the ability to write big works and play many musical instruments proficiently by the age of twelve. He also had an exceptional hearing and memory that he notated almost an entire choral piece after hearing it once during his visit to Rome. He wrote many concertos (especially the piano concertos) and sonatas for his own virtuosic performance during the trip. Talent may helped in one’s musical journey but most importantly, it was Mozart’s passion in performing and music writing that won acclaim from the rich.

Clara Wieck (1819-1896) is another example of a child prodigy born in a musically inclined family. Both parents played the piano and encouraged Clara to perform regularly at a very young age. She held concerts throughout Europe during her adolescence and was a very well-known piano virtuoso
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Her performing career was pretty smooth sailing throughout her life due to the connections and having great musicians as her close friends to perform chamber music together. Not only did she play new pieces composed by her husband and her friends, she also played masterpieces of the late baroque and classical period, which shone her from other pianists of that period as it was not common then. Clara Wieck was thankful for her father’s strictness as she believed this had a strong impact on bringing her up as a substantial
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