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Mozart for Children

A Young Mozart

Mozart was one of the greatest child stars who ever lived. He was traveling all over Europe playing music when he was only 5!! Because of these constant travels, and his intelligence, Mozart eventually learned to speak more than two dozen different languages, and today most people complain if they have to learn just two!

Mozart composed a piano sonata before his 5th birthday and by the time he turned 12 he was composing complete operas. This was all done without audio recorders and computers. It was even done without erasers and lead pencils. At the age of 4 most of us are still trying to learn how to write our names.

Mozart could compose music while eating boiled cabbage and liver or even when he had a toothache!

One of Mozart’s famous compositions is Variations on "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”.

A stranger wearing gray clothes came to his house and hired Mozart to write a requiem mass. This was a song used for funerals when the composer was alive. Mozart was extremely superstitious and the stranger insisted he finish the music. Mozart was already sick and he told others that when he completed the requiem it would be used at his funeral. Was Mozart right about this music?

There is no composer that has ever been able to do what Mozart could do with ease. He could create wonderful compositions for any category of music – including vocals, concertos, symphonies, operas, and sonatas.

Wolfgang and Amadeus are not part of Mozart’s real name. His given name at birth was “Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. See, not a “Wolfgang” or an “Amadeus” in the bunch (although Wolfgangus is close enough to count). His father shortened his 3rd name to Wolfgang and “Amadeus” is Latin for “Theophilus”.

Somehow, Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart just doesn’t have the same rhythm and flow. Wouldn’t it be kind of cool if just changing our names would transform us into brilliant composers, hmmmm…..wonder if it works?

There are real studies done by scientists that show listening to Mozart can help many people do better on some tests. This is also true of a lot of other types of music, but still Mozart listeners seem to be at the head of the group.

 

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