Famous Austrians - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
But my thoughts are drifting. I wanted to write about Mr. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We will celebrate his 250th birthday on January 27th.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) is among the most significant and enduringly popular composers of European classical music. His enormous output includes works that are widely acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music. Many of his works are part of the standard concert repertory and are widely recognized as masterpieces of the classical style. This is what Wikipedia has to say.
What can I say concerning personal experiences with Mozart?
I started playing clarinet when I was 12 years old and also played in a band for several years. So it was obvious that I discovered Mozart's clarinet concerto after a certain while.
It is number 622 of the famous Köchel catalogue of Mozart's compositions. I have listened to it several times and I absolutely adore it. Mozart composed it only three months before he died in Vienna.
I have visited Salzburg once, the town where he was born, and it breathes Mozart out of every pore. What better place to celebrate Mozart’s birthday then where everything started 250 years ago? In Salzburg, where the atmosphere and environment made Mozart’s development into a child prodigy possible. In Salzburg he composed more than 350 of his most riveting works.
You can try the famous Mozartkugel, Austria’s most renowned chocolate delicacy as well. Only if you like marzipan of course.
Maybe we should just listen to one of his famous operas once in a while and feel his genius that is still alive. After 250 years most of them still sound modern. The Zauberflöte is my favourite. Many of the melodies are highly familiar, and include the Papageno/Papagena duet and the coloratura aria, "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" ("The vengeance of Hell is in my heart"), often referred to as the "Queen of the Night" aria, which reaches a high f6. Whatever this means!