Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 - 5 December 1791) was an influential composer of the Classical Era. He was born in Salzburg, Austria and was soon a child prodigy.
Mozart was composing works by the age of five, and was performing for royalty on keyboard and violin from age seven. When Mozart was 17 years old, he was a musician for the Salzburg court. Mozart has composed more than 600 works that are recognized as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music.
CHARACTERISTICS OF MOZART’S MUSIC
Ornaments: trills, grace notes, and turns
Alberti Bass: a type of accompaniment made of broken up three note chords
Light passages, especially in piano works. This is because the modern piano is much louder than what Mozart would have played on.
Below is the beginning of the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major. See if you can find the Alberti Bass and ornamentation typical of Mozart’s style.