January 27 is the birthdate of the great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Though he did not live a long life(died about a month before his 36th birthday), the fact that Mozart started composing at a very young age (5) means he was able to leave behind a large number of works. It seems as though there’s something in Mozart’s music that appeals to virtually any listener of classical music. I once put a sign on the studio wall that simply said “TARFM.” It was a reminder to the announcers that, should anything go wrong and another choice of music had to be made on-the-spot, There’s Always Room For Mozart.” I hope that the links below will help you to learn more about this amazing composer.
Scott Hooper, January 2014
The Wikipedia entry about Mozart.
The Encyclopaedia Britannica has an extensive section about Mozart, including video and sound clips.
Here's the site for the Mozart Society of America. It contains links to some of the many Mozart-related societies worldwide.
The Mozart Project has a good listing of his works and also contains an excellent chart/graph showing some of the events that were happening in the world during Mozart’s lifetime.
You’ve heard performances on WBACH by the Camerata Academica of something called the “Salzburg Mozarteum.” Ever wonder what that is? Here is the English version of the Mozarteum’s website.
And for the children....and those who are teaching them.....here’s the Mozart section of the Making Music Fun (MMF) website.