Mozart is undoubtedly one the most famous the composers in the history of classical music, as probably there is no one in the civilized world who has never heard of him. This can be proved very easily: when you ask the average man in the street which classical composer he knows, he will probably answer, ‘Mozart’. Maybe he would not be able to give you any names of Mozart’s work or at least will mention the great Symphony no. 40 or the serenade Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Many people are familiar with this composer and his works because of the biopic ‘Amadeus’ (1984). American Film Institute ranked the film at number 53 in its 100 Years…100 Movies.
Despite of his short life (he lived only 35 years), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed over 600 music pieces and wrote in every major genre of the classical epoch. His work included: opera, symphony, piano sonata, and string quintet, string quartet and solo concert. He also wrote religious works such as masses and also dances and serenades.
The style of Mozart’s music is very characteristic; it is balanced, clear and somehow cheerful. If we compare his work to pieces which were composed by baroque artists, we can see that his music was completely new. Precisely, in his music we can see that the heavy baroque sounds were replaced by more informal and more individual textures; however, there were not as effusive as those which came later with romanticism.
These days his music is used in many different experiments: surely many of as have heard about the so-called ‘Mozart effect’, a concept described by French otolaryngologist, Alfred A. Tomatis in his book’ Pourquoi Mozart?’ who believed that listening to Mozart’s music has an effect on human brains. Today it is thought that listening to his music might improve both children’s’ and adults’ health. It might also help with many physical and psychological disorders such as stress, problems with sleeping, depression and different fears. Moreover, Mozart’s music is used in treating ADHD, ADD, autism and dyslexia.
Israeli scientists proved that prematurely born children who listened to Mozart’s music, put out on weight more quickly and were stronger than their peers. Furthermore, Amadeus’s music is used to develop intelligence, imagination and creativity and is applied to improve concentration or effectiveness in work.
It looks like Mozart’s music has been reduced merely to an applied art. However, this does not change the fact that it is immortal and will always be the work, that defines the canon of beauty.