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Whenever you talk about classical music, two names that come to the forefront are Mozart and Beethoven. Even those who are not big fans of classical music have definitely heard their names, and about their works. Some of their popular compositions still continue to be used in commercials, ringtones and other audio-visual works.
And when you talk about two giants in any field, there is definitely bound to be comparison between their works. But then, anyone who has closely looked at their works and read about them would know that they were different not just in their personality but also in their musical styles.
It is also believed that Beethoven always wanted to learn from Mozart but unfortunately Mozart died at quite a young age and Beethoven’s ambition to have lessons from Mozart never took place.
However, since Mozart was already a known personality and his works were already popular, there were bound to be some influences on Beethoven’s compositions as well, and that can be seen in some of his works.
Mozart vs Beethoven
Here are some of the differences between these two great that have also been cited by several other musicians.
In terms of personality, Mozart was a happy and upbeat person as opposed to Beethoven who was more of a grumpy person
Mozart played for the royals, whereas Beethoven played for the masses
It is believed that composition came effortlessly to Mozart whereas Beethoven had to work hard at his compositions and often struggled more at his work than Mozart did
Mozart started his musical career at a very young age but also died quite young, at 35. Beethoven, on the other hand, did not even publish his first symphony until he was 30. He became deaf at around 50 and died when he was 56 years old.
How About Complexity?
Classical music can be quite dramatic and also get complex. So how about the complexity aspect of their compositions?
Here also, their personalities played a part in their works.
Mozart had a lighter personality and most of his music was simple and written keeping in mind the less technical players in mind. His music was intended to be soothing to listen to, and was designed for any skill level to play.
Beethoven, on the other hand, wrote a lot of music that had tension and ruthlessness in the music, something that matched his angry personality.
What Do You Think?
It is believed that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had a powerful influence on the works of Ludwig van Beethoven, and Beethoven based a number of his own compositions on the works of Mozart.
But then, these two are by far, the most popular names when it comes to Music and there will always be people who will compare their works and ask “Who is the Greatest of these two – Beethoven vs Mozart?”
Do you agree to the following?
Mozart had better dramatic / theatrical talents than Beethoven?
Mozart was the King of the Opera, whereas for Symphonies, Sonatas, and probably the rest Beethoven ruled?
Let us know what are your thoughts on the “Mozart vs Beethoven” debate.
The moment you listen to Chinese classical music, one can feel the existence of lofty mountain, running water and other living things in the nature. That is the authentic beauty of Chinese classical music.For several thousand years, music is a language for people expressing their feelings and it raises people’s soul to a higher level. It’s kind of a civilization miracle. As China is one of the four great countries with civilization, music in China also has a long history. The following is top ten Chinese Classical music.
Once upon a time, pre-Qin Dynasty musical master Boya played Guqin in a wild country. In his music, he described lofty mountains and running water, but a woodcutter named Zhong Ziqi had sympathetic response with him. Boya was very surprised but happy to find a bosom friend. They two had a appointment of meeting the next year. However, when Boya came to the old place again, Zhong Ziqi had passed away. Boya was too sad to break his guqin.Draw materials from this well-known story, this music has many versions, and in general, played with Guqin or Guzheng.
Although sharing the same name, the styles are totally different. On August 22, 1977, the latter part of Lofty Mountains and Flowing Water was recorded in an album which was launched to the outer space aiming at looking for ET.
More on chinese classical music…
Piano Chord Chart – There are various kinds of chords that you can play while harmonizing a song and each of the chords has its own construction rules. You may find it a bit difficult initially to remember the different types of chords and as such a reference chart may be helpful. The piano chord chart below shows the construction rules for the most commonly used chords.
We all know that Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the more popular composers, and several piano students learn some of his piano songs as part of their repertoire.
However, researchers feel that some of the famous works that are attributed to Bach were actually not composed by the great composer himself but by his second wife.
Here are some more instances.
According to research conducted by Schulze and listed in the Peters Edition of the Notebook, the keyboard pieces were composed by J.S. Bach himself, Couperin, Hasse, Böhm, his sons J. C. Bach and C.P.E. Bach, and Petzold, while some nine pieces are anonymous.
The familiar “Minuet in G” (BWV Anh. II. 114) and its partner piece, “Minuet in G minor” (BWV Anh. II. 115) were traditionally believed to have been composed by J. S. Bach. However, recent research, particularly on the part of Hans-Joachim Schulze, points to the German composer and organist Christian Petzold (1677-1733).
Recent speculation suggests that Anna Magdalena Bach (1701-1760) may have been the composer of several pieces attributed to her husband. Johann Sebastian wrote a number of compositions dedicated to her, most notably the two Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach. She regularly helped him transcribe his music.
Though there is no sure way to really prove this right or wrong, there is no doubt whatsoever that Bach clearly had a strong influence on most contemporary musicians; there are many students who are big fan of Bach.
The findings however have been described as “highly important” by Bach scholars and will be published in a doctorate, later this year. Bach scholar Professor Martin Jarvis suggests – on the basis of having used police forensic science techniques – that famous works attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach were not penned by the great composer himself, but by his second wife.
You can read more in this article in The Telegraph (on April 22, 2006).
You can also follow more discussions on various J.S. Bach-related subjects at the Bach-Cantatas website: www.bach-cantatas.com