Blog #3 AMT200

18 Jun

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed this piece, Piano Sonata No. 11 around 1783 in Vienna or Salzburg.  It is a 3-movement Sonata, with all pieces being in A major or A minor.  Because of this, it is consider homotonal. (Wikipedia, Piano Sonato No.11)  Notice how this contrasts to the polyphonic music of the Renaissance, and also how much more pleasant it is to listen to than the complex compositions.

The three movements of this sonata are broken down into the following: 1. Andante grazioso 2. Menuetto 3. Alla Turca: Allegretto.  The third portion, Alla Turca, is widely popular and is often simply called Turkish Rondo (Wikipedia, Piano Sonato No.11).

Mozart was a child prodigy and toured Europe.  Throughout his life, he wrote over 600 pieces in German and Italian.  As is all too common with celebrities and performers, Mozart suffered from depression.  Tragically, he died at the age of 35, and was placed in a common, unmarked grave.(Uaf blackboard amt200, Wikipedia)

I chose this composition because of its personal meaning to me.  When my first child was born, I received a compilation of Mozart’s music to play to soothe the baby.  Now, three boys later, we still listen to it.  This song, with its joyful notes, will always remind me of those years and bring me a reminiscent smile.

References: (taken from Wikipedia?)


Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “Blog #3 AMT200

  1. stoutbianchi928

    June 20, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Thanks for your post. I enjoyed the piano in this piece also. Quite a common melody, makes for easy listening. I understand your attraction to the music as associated with your family. The very young child in the video is quite talented. What was your connection of this music to the rise of the middle class? Thanks again,

  2. Sailor Tom's Northern Scuttlebutt

    June 23, 2012 at 3:05 am

    The demise of Mozart was very tragic. Though, as a child, did you know that he could play blindfolded? That his tours were his families attempt to build their own status from being low, court-appointed musicians to that of a higher, nobler class? But with such fame, why a simple, nondescript grave?
    I am glad to hear how Mozart’s music has this affect on yourself. I am certain it has that affect on many people, including myself. I like Mozart’s music because of it’s simplistic nature. His melodies are not as complex and other greats, and most of his pieces seem light and full of air.
    A truly great man.
    Thank you. 🙂

  3. golbsydna

    June 23, 2012 at 5:22 am

    This is one of my favorite piano compositions ever. I like your choice! Your personal connection to the piece is special, as well. I do think you might be able to point out the correlation of Mozart’s popularity and the rising middle class a little more. Perhaps you could give some more detail on his personal life as well? From what I understand, it was tragic yet fascinating. But I liked your explanation of this work’s movements and your analysis of its structural characteristics.


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