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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

THE STORY OF WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZAIRT, Part 3

Some other great musicians were alive at that time. And during his lifetime some were born who became great men.  In the year when Mozart was born both Handel and Haydn were living. And Haydn lived eighteen years after Mozart's death.

You can remember it by these lines:


When Mozart was fourteen years old Beethoven was born. Mozart knew him and he knew Papa Haydn also, and they were very good friends.  In our own country there lived in Mozart's lifetime Benjamin Franklin and three Presidents of the United States—George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

I wonder if Washington ever heard of Mozart?

Perhaps we can best keep all these names together by looking at this page now and again:
1706 Benjamin Franklin was born.
1732 Washington and Haydn were born.
1736 Patrick Henry was born.
1743 Thomas Jefferson was born.
1750 Bach died.
1756 WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART was born.
1759 Handel died
1770 Beethoven was born.
1771 Walter Scott was born.
1790 Franklin died.
1791 Mozart died.
1809 Joseph Haydn died.


Isn't it fine to think of Mozart writing so much music, so many operas, symphonies and sonatas; traveling so much, meeting so many people and never being spoiled by it all.  While he wrote many very great pieces of music, here is something he composed when he was five years old. He made up the pieces at the piano and his father wrote them down note for note in a little copy book.

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