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Title: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • By
  • Joy Agre

Teachers Page
His Life
His Music
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartHis Life
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg,
    Austria, on January 27, 1756. His father,
    Leopold, was a composer and violinist. His
    sister, Nannerl, learned to play the piano when
    Mozart was 3 years old. From that age on, he was
    interested in learning about music. His father
    eventually taught him to play piano. Mozart
    taught himself to play the violin.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Wolfgang Mozart composed his first pieces for
    keyboard at age 5. He was an excellent pianist
    and often his sister would sing while he played.
    Their father arranged a European concert tour for
    his two children to show off the talents of his
    children. The young Mozart amazed concertgoers
    with his ability to play and compose long
    compositions. Soon he became known as the
    Wonder Boy.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • He returned to Salzburg and continued composing.
    He had written his first symphony before his
    ninth birthday and his first opera by the age of
    twelve. Mozarts music is a combination of
    German and Italian styles because of his fathers
    excellent teaching and the many visits to the
    musical centers of Europe.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • At the age of twenty-six, he married Constanze
    Weber and the couple had two sons. Unfortunately
    for his family, Mozarts work was not always
    valued and often they fell upon hard times.
    Shortly after he finished his famous opera The
    Magic Flute, Mozart was asked to compose a
    requiem mass for a special funeral even though
  • he himself was very ill.
  • He died within two weeks at the age of
    thirty-six. Because he died very poor, he was
    buried in an unmarked paupers grave.

Wolfgang Amadeus MozartHis Music
  • Mozart wrote music for all combinations of
    chamber orchestra, strings, and winds, as well as
    symphonies, operas and major works for the piano
    and solo violin. In all, more than six hundred
    compositions were collected and cataloged by
  • L. von Kochel. That is why the K is used to
    identify Mozarts work.

Mozart - Questions
  • 1. What country did Mozart come from?
  • 2. How old was Mozart when he first began writing
  • 3.What was the name of an opera he wrote? And
    What happened right after he finished it?
  • 4. What instruments did Mozart play?
  • 5. Who in Mozarts family were also musical?

Wolfgang Amadeus MozartTeachers Page
  • Mozart and His Life biography pages can be read
    aloud together as a class. Then use the
    questions to provoke thought and discussion about
    Mozarts life. On another day, after more
    discussion about Mozart, the questions can be
    used individually as an assessment tool.
  • Clips of Mozarts music (from external sources)
    can be listened to after reading about Mozart and
    his music.
  • The Mozart Mad Lib (a separate listing under MAP
    attack) can be done on another day. First have
    the students individually write down their
    answers to the categories. Then as a class go
    through the Mad Lib with students filling in the
    blanks aurally with their answers. They will get
    a big kick out of the funny story it tells. On
    yet another day, you could have students write
    the story with all of their answers filling in
    the blanks. After doing the story as a class,
    read the real story with the correct answers
    about Mozarts life.
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