Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in the sovereign archbishopric of Salzberg, now in Austria in January 1756. His father was one of Europe’s foremost music teachers, who, in the year of Mozart’s birth published a highly influential textbook for the violin. The Mozart biography is unusual. By the time he was three Mozart’s genius was already in evidence and his proud father was already giving him intensive music lessons in the violin, clavier and organ. By the age of four he could play…
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Tchaikovsky 1888. “To Mrs. Edvard Grieg, a momento from P. Tchaikovsky” (from the Bergen Public Library)
Edvard Grieg: Norway's Greatest Composer (1843-1907). He painted with notes. He painted the people, the scenery, and the moods of Norway. In the immortal Peer Gynt Suites, Grieg captured the rising of the sun, the lamenting of a death, and, in "The Hall of the Mountain King," the imagery of a chase scene.
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) and his sister Fanny were child prodigies, performing and composing music from a very young age. Mendelssohn was inspired by literature (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and the places he visited (Fingal's Cave). In addition to his own compositions, he spearheaded a revival of interest in the music of Bach.