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Friday, 7 February 2014

Musical Friday: Le Nozze Di Figaro (Overture)

Dear friends,

I have a surprise for you today ;) Today we shall enrich ourselfs by listening to one of Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart's compositions. You may be familiar with it and if you are not I urge you to look more into this extraordinary composer of the Classical era. He was born in Salzburg - this was the capital of the Archbishopric of Salzburg, an ecclesiastic principality in what is now Austria, then part of the Holy Roman Empire. Mozart started composing little pieces at the early age of 5 - quite a prodigy! 
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Here are some facts that might interest you :)
  • He studied and admired the works of Bach, Handel and Haydn.
  • He wrote his first opera, Mitridate Re di Ponto, in 1770 when he was only 14 years old.
  • He composed his first great mass, aged 12 - Misa Brevis in G.
  • While visiting the Vatican, Mozart heard Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere performed in the Sistine Chapel. He was able to write out the entire score from memory. Previously, the music had not been reproduced outside the Vatican.
  • Haydn was full of praise for the young Mozart, telling his father there was no other man like him.
  • In April 1787, Beethoven, then aged 16, arrived in Vienna to get two weeks worth of musical lessons from Mozart.
  • At the age of 17, he received a prestigious appointment to play in the court of Vienna, Austria.
  • He was a Roman Catholic and some of his greatest works were religious in nature.
Le Nozze Di Figaro (Overture) by Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart

Greatest Works of Mozart:

  • The Magic Flute, (Opera)
  • Don Giovanni. (opera)
  • Marriage of Figaro (opera)

 Yours truly,
The LadyBug in love with the Classical era :)