Any attempt to introduce and educate people about classical music must include Mozart and his music. First, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a one-of-kind musician. He rose to fame when he was a child and played piano or violin in concerts throughout central Europe during his childhood. Mozart’s father was a composer and musician and began instructing Wolfgang and his older sister Maria Anna (nicknamed Nannerl) at a young age. Once he realized how talented they were, he began scheduling performances in the hope of making money which he did, but ultimately provided formative experiences for the young Wolfgang.
As an adult, Mozart became a highly productive composer and greatly sought after. During his lifetime he composed 41 symphonies, 22 operas, 23 piano concertos, multiple works for choirs, and hundreds of pieces for solo instruments. This is even more impressive since he died at age 35.
Much of what he was able to accomplish was due to his high level of genius, but some of his success is because he lived at just the right time. For example, Mozart did not create nor perfect the symphony. That had been achieved in the years of Mozart’s childhood by composers like Haydn. But Mozart used his genius to attain new greatness in symphonies.
Today, I want to highlight one of his last symphonies, number 40 in G minor. I have included the first movement my Spotify playlist for your enjoyment. When we think of Mozart’s music this is one that everyone should recognize. So enjoy sit down with your kids and enjoy this great masterpiece.