In this essay, I will carry out a comparison between the different styles of these two celebrities, comparing two masterpieces: "Symphony no. 40 in G Minor first movement" byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart vs. "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong.
First, I will speak about the period of history that represents each composer. Then, I will make an overview of the life of each one of them. After that, I will make a musical analysis of the two pieces of music I chose. And finally, I will discuss the value music at my personal level, from my perspective and the historicalfigure’s perspective.
The term "classical" music refers only to the music that was composed between 1750 and early 1800. The aristocracies replaced the Church in the role of patron of music. They just want to hear music with harmony and elegance; as a result, the rigid rules of composition Baroque began to give way to a more casual style.
Classical music movements aregrouped in phrases and sections that make balance and harmony as parts of a puzzle. The essence is the contrast. The dynamic shifts from soft to loud sounds, the record passes from soprano to bass, the mood shifts from major to minor keys, often within the same movement. The way best suited to this style was the "sonata." Composed of two, three or four movements, was the perfect mold for the contrastsand surprises.
The new instruments and instrumental combinations of oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns provided the "divertimenti", the "Serenade" and "cassations"; these terms are used interchangeably to refer to light recreational music suites, executed in private meetings and public concerts.
The piano, invented in 1709, improved significantly in the late eighteenth century, andreplaced the harpsichord. First, a note could be varied in a note the intensity or softness of sound, or perform dazzling runs that dominated the other instruments.
The Concerto for piano and orchestra became the favorite way to highlight the qualities of the artists of the piano. The twenty-five concerts composed and performed by Mozart, made him an undisputed master in the field.
The StringQuartet became the most popular form of chamber music, performed in private homes or small concert halls. Stringed instruments became the basis of the symphony orchestra, with the two horns, flutes and drums. Gradually musicians added more instruments. The woodwinds were especially enriched by the clarinet, invented in 1700, their sound was greatly improved by mid-century.
The opera, which haddegenerated into a series of songs showcasing the singer's personal, became works of art in the hands of Mozart himself, whose music provided a coherent sense suggestion and the "libretto" or argument.
The classical period ended with a great expression of personal feeling. The minuet left room for the waltz, the enchanting music of 1750 was replaced by the depth and drama of Beethoven.Individualism, patriotism and rebellion were the subjects of art. During the same period of fifty years, designed merely to entertain music, had become a factor of enrichment of the mind and the soul of man.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart was a great precedent of romanticism, one of the few composers who was able to express in his music, what words are unable to even suggest.
Son of the violinist andcomposer Leopold Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus was a child prodigy. His father took him from court to court and city to city, to surprise the audiences with his extraordinary talents. Munich, Vienna, Frankfurt, Paris and London were some of the capital in which he expressed his talent before his tenth birthday.
It is the time of the first symphonies and operas by Mozart, written in the style...