Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Welcome to this small corner of the internet that is dedicated to the three Masters of the Classical period.  Please enjoy reading their biographies and listening to radio streams playing their works.

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The Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart Connection

Three Great Masters of the Classical Period

When we speak of the Classical period in music, the names of these three composers always come to mind - Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart. Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany; Haydn was born in Rohrau, Austria and Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria. However, the paths of these three great masters somehow crossed when they travelled to Vienna. It is believed that in his teens Beethoven went to Vienna to perform for Mozart and that later on he studied with Haydn. Mozart and Haydn were also good friends. In fact, at Haydn's funeral Mozart’s Requiem was performed. Let's learn more about these composers:
Ludwig van Beethoven - He began his career by playing at parties attended by wealthy people. As his popularity grew, so was the opportunity to travel to various European cities and perform. Beethoven's fame grew by the 1800s.
Franz Joseph Haydn - He had a beautiful voice when he was young and he showcased his talent by singing in church choirs. Eventually, as he hit puberty his voice changed and he became a freelance musician.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - He worked as Kapellmeister for the archbishop of Salzburg. In 1781, he requested release from his duties and started working freelance.
Beethoven suffered from abdominal pains and became deaf when he was in his late 20s (some say in his 30s). Haydn spent nearly 30 years working for the wealthy Esterhazy family as Kapellmeister where he was expected to follow strict protocol. Mozart was highly successful as a child but died in debt. In reading about the lives of these master composers, we come to appreciate them more, not only as composers, but as individuals who were able to rise above whatever limitations or hindrances they faced during their time.

Information provided by http://musiced.about.com/od/classicalmusicians/a/The-Beethoven-Haydn-And-Mozart-Connection.htm


Mozart Radio. ...playing Mozart only (provided by http://www.mozart-radio.com/ )


Beethoven Radio. ...a "Beethoven Only" radio station (provided http://beethovenradio.wix.com/Beethoven)



More information and biographies can be found here:

Mozart
http://www.biography.com/#!/people/wolfgang-mozart-9417115 (Video included)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang_Amadeus_Mozart
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/395455/Wolfgang-Amadeus-Mozart
http://www.mozartways.com/content.php?id=1184&m_id=1184&m=3
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/wolfgang_amadeus_mozart/
http://www.favorite-classical-composers.com/mozart-biography.html
http://www.mozart-radio.com/#section-works


Beethoven
http://www.biography.com/#!/people/ludwig-van-beethoven-9204862 (Video included)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_van_Beethoven
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/58473/Ludwig-van-Beethoven
http://www.lvbeethoven.com/Bio/BiographyLudwig.html
http://www.favorite-classical-composers.com/beethoven-biography.html
http://www.classicfm.com/composers/beethoven/guides/beethovens-life-timeline-part-1/

Haydn
http://www.biography.com/#!/people/franz-joseph-haydn-9332156
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Haydn
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/257714/Joseph-Haydn
http://www.classicfm.com/composers/haydn/guides/top-30-greatest-composers-haydn/
http://www.naxos.com/person/Franz_Joseph_Haydn/24410.htm
http://classicalmusic.about.com/od/classicalcomposers/p/haydnprofile.htm














 

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