1787 - Everyone has heard of him some way or the other. Whether you like his music or not, you can hear its influences everywhere. We are talking about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His music is everywhere. On this very day, in the year 1787, he completed his music ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’. This translates to ‘a little serenade’.
But it’s not complete
Classical music often comes in different movements. They’re not unlike chapters in a book, however there are not as many. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik typically had four movements, or did it? When the piece was originally released Mozart said there were five movements. But the second piece has mysteriously disappeared. Some think they found it, but none have ever had substantial proof.
360 trivial fact
Mozart had quite an obsession. He was obsessed with poop. He often wrote music about it and he would sing them with friends. Not only that, he also wrote letters to family with some disturbing messages. Scholars are still researching this subject, but what people tend to forget is that the passage of time has created an unbridgeable gap between us and Mozart. When British ex-Prime Minister Margret Thatcher first saw the play Amadeus in 1979 she denied Mozart was like this. Even when she was given proof by the director of the play, she refused to believe it. It took a while before the public believed the director, since when the Prime Minister says you are wrong, almost no one thinks otherwise.
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The slightly awkward prince
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The prince of darkness
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The first copy of an iconic magazine
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