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Composer Study: Mozart

Join Sally and Terri Moon as they continue the inspiring study of composers for you and you children.

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Resources

{A note about the titles:  The meaning of the K numbers are that a person with a last name starting with K (Kochel) made a detailed catalog of all of Mozart’s music, starting with the first one he wrote, listed as No. 1, going up in chronological order. Mozart wrote about 600 compositions, so the closer you get to that number the later in his life he wrote it. }

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's earliest compositions at the age of 5. These are the first 5 completed pieces of music that the genius of Mozart ever wrote. Short pieces performed on the harpsichord.

The Magic Flute (opera) “Papageno / Papagena” duet

Here is the same duet, this time in the original language, see if you can follow the meaning after you have heard it in English! 

Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K 551 “Jupiter”

There are 4 movements in a Classical symphony. This is the last symphony that Mozart wrote.

Rondo in D Major, K 485, played on a historic Fortepiano

Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K 545, played on a modern piano 

There are 3 movements in a Classical sonata. This is a work for solo instrument, or another solo instrument with piano. 

Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K 581

There are 4 movements in this quintet, and the last one is a theme with variations. Mozart loved the sound of the clarinet!

Young Children

A fun way to explore music, this series has many cute illustrations that will keep your kids’ attention while they learn.

An award-winning biographer and illustrator team up to tell the story of the invention of the piano, which was during the time of Mozart.

Diane Stanley writes wonderful biographies with engaging illustrations.

 

 

Middle Grades

Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?
By Yona Zeldis McDonough

A fascinating biography with lots of illustrations, a timeline and historical background.

Composers: Classical & Romantic
United States Games Systems

This fun card game with 52 cards featuring 13 composers and their short biographies offers a great way to play a game and learn at the same time!

 

High School and Adults

Mozart: A Life
By Paul Johnson

Highly rated book that challenges some of the popular ideas about Mozart and his life. Drawing on good historical evidence, Paul Johnson makes a convincing case for how Mozart’s life may have unfolded and the factors that influenced his wonderful powers of composition.