German Composers


Notes: Madeline Morgan, Taylor Nyman



Final Draft

INTERVIEW WITH JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach


Interveiwer: When were you born and where?
Bach: I was born in Eisenach, Germany on March 31, 1685.

I:Who was your mother? and Who was your father?
B: My father, Johann Amrosius Bach, was a professional musician and my mother was Maria Elisabetha Bach.

I: Did you have any sibilings? And if so, what were their names?
B. I was the youngest of eight children, you could say that my mother was never without something to do.

I:When did you begin to like music?
B: When I was 10 ( in 1694) my mother died and eight months later my father also passed away. At that time I moved in with my older brother, Johann Cristoph Bach it was there that I started to study, copy, and indulge in music. My brother also taught me how to play the clavichord.

I: What instruments did you play?
B: I played the organ and the clavicle which a not as advanced keyboard.

I:Even though you were a musician did you still go to school?
B: Yes, school was very important to me. When I was fourteen I was awarded a scholarship to St. Michael's School in Lüneburg. In those two years I was exposed to "a wider palette of European culture". At school I learned French and Italian, and studied theology, Latin, history, geography, and physics.

I:What difficulties have you faced throughout your life?

B: During my life I was not known as a very good composer though I was a good organist. Many people thought that I was old fashioned because of the style I used.
I:What are some famous pieces that you composed?
B: One of the more famous piece that I composed is the Brandenburg Concertos, they are even said to be the finest musical compositions of the Baroque era.

I:Where was an interesting place where you performed?
B: In January of 1703, after I graduated, I became the court musician at the chapel of Duke Johann Ernst who lived in Weimar, Thuringia.

I:Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us!




INTERVIEW WITH WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Interveiwer:When were you born and where?
Mozart:
I was born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria, but back when I was alive, Germany and Austria were combined.

I:Who was your mother? Who was your father?
M:
My father was Leopold Mozart, and my mother was Anna Maria Pert.

I:
Did you have any siblings? And if so, what were their names.
M: Yes. I have a sister, Maria Anna Mozart, and five other siblings who died in infancy.

I:When did you begin to like music?
M: When I was very young I was very curious and interested in music. They say that I showed prodigious ability. At five years old I was already composing music.
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Mozart at a young age.

I:What instruments do you play?
M: I played many instruments including the clavier, violin, organ, and the piano.

I:
Even though you were a musician did you still go to school?
M: Yes, I was tutored by my father.

What difficulties have you faced throughout your life?
M: I did not have many but, of course, being a composer is very hard work
and takes a lot of determination
.

I:What are some famous pieces that you have composed?
M: One of my most famous pieces is Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. When translated it means A Little Night Music.

I:Where was an interesting place where you performed?
M:When I was still very young, my family and I made many trips in Europe where we would perform. Some of the places we visited were the imperial courts in both Vienna and Prague.

I:Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us!




INTERVIEW WITH LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Ludwig Van Beethoven


Interveiwer: When were you born and where?
Beethoven:
I was born on December 6, 1770 in Bonn, Germany.

I: Who was your mother? Who was your father?
B:
My father was Johann Ambrosius Bach, a professional musician in the Eisenach council, and my mother was Maria Elisabetha Bach.

I:Did you have any siblings? And if so, what were their names.
B: Though my mother gave birth to seven children; only me and two younger sons lived through infancy.

I:When did you begin to like music?
B: At the age of four, my father had me starting to study music so that is where I found my passion.

I:What instruments do you play?
B: I played the piano and I was very good at it.

I:
Even though you were a musician did you still go to school?
B: Yes school was still very important. I attended a school in Bonn which is also where I was born.

I: What difficulties did you face throughout your life?
B:
Starting in my 20's my hearing became bad. Soon I became completely deaf but I still composed and performed.

I:What are some famous pieces that you have composed?
B: My most famous piece is Ode to Joy.

I:Where was an interesting place where you performed?
B: I performed many times in Vienna.

I:Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us!



Rough Draft

Interview Questions:

-When were you born and where?
-Who was your mother? Who was your father?
-Did you have any siblings? And if so, what were their names.
-When did you begin to like music?
-What instruments do you play?
-Even though you were a musician did you still go to school?
-What difficulties did you face throughout your life?
-What are some famous pieces that you have composed?
-Where was an interesting place where you performed?

Introduction: Thesis Statement: Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven all shaped and changed the way that we see music today.

First Paragraph: Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, in March, 31 1685 and died on July, 28 1750, to Johann Ambrosius Bach (1645-1695), professional musician in the Eisenach council, and Maria Elisabetha Bach (1644-1694). It was as a performing that Bach was perhaps best-known in his day. He was a master of the keyboard instruments of his day, particularly the Organ, Harpsichord and Clavichord. It is said that he is the Father of all music. He had 7 other sibilings and was the youngest.

Second Paragraph: Mozart


Mozart was born on January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791. His father was Leopold Mozart, and his mother was Anna Maria Pert.
Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Was a composer in the Classical era, he composed over 600 works. By the age of 17, he was playing as a court musician in Salzburg. He composed from the age of five and performed before Eupopean royalty. Visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position and chose to stay in the capital, where over the rest of life he achieved fame but little financial security.

Third Paragraph: Beethoven

Beethoven was born on December 6, 1770 in Bonn, Germany. He died on March 26, 1827.
Beethoven's parents were Johann van Beethoven (1740-1792) and Maria Magdalena Keverich (1744-1787).
Beethoven's dad made him start studying music at the young age of 4 years old. In his early 20's he moved to Vienna, and studied with Joseph Haydn. People say that Beethoven composed from the heart to "move" the human spirit. Beethoven saw music as an imaginative, creative expression for human feelings.
Although Beethoven composed music, he was also a pianist. He was a big figure in the transitional period from the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music, and he remains one of the most praised and influential composers of all time. People say that Beethoven turned into the second Mozart.


Conclusion: Repeat Thesis

Throughout their life Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven all shaped and changed the way that we see and hear music today. Though some struggled with disabilities making it almost impossible to compose and some were seen as a prodigy at the tender age of four and some who have even been called "The Father of all Music" these people were just ordinary men doing what they loved.




Ludwig van Beethoven (pronounced Lud/Wig Van Bay/Toven)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_van_Beethoven

-Born December 6, 1770 and died on March 26, 1827
-Of the seven children born to Johann Beethoven, only Ludwig and two younger brothers survived infancy.
-He was a crucial figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music, and remains one of the most acclaimed and influential composers of all time. (Taken from website)
-Born in Bonn, Germany.
-In early 20's moved to Vienna, and studied with Joseph Haydn.
-Was a pianist
-Starting in his 20's his hearing was bad, soon became completely deaf but still composed and performed.

-Beethoven saw music as an imaginative, creative expression for human feelings.
-It is said that he composed from his heart, to "move" the human spirit.
-Beethoven's dad made him start studying music at the of 4 years old.
-Beethoven turned into the second Mozart. http://reference.howstuffworks.com/biographies-german-composers-encyclopedia-channel.htm

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (pronounced Wolf/Gang Ama/Deəs Mo/Zart)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang_Amadeus_Mozart

-Born January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791 Leopold Mozart

-he composed over 600 works
-he had 5 other sibilings that died when they were infants but i did have a sister Maria Anna Mozart who lived.
-Was a composer in the Classical era
-By the age of 17 he was playing as a court musician in Salzburg
-Had a wife, Constanze, and two sons
-born to Leopole and Anna Maria Pert
-Father was a minor composer
-started composing at the early age of five
- He often spent much time at the clavier, picking out thirds, which he was always striking, and his pleasure showed that it sounded good. [...] In the fourth year of his age his father, for a game as it were, began to teach him a few minuets and pieces at the clavier. [...] He could play it faultlessly and with the greatest delicacy, and keeping exactly in time. [...] At the age of five he was already composing little pieces, which he played to his father who wrote them down (Wolfgangs sister, Maria Anna, talking about Mozart years after his death)
-Leopold was very proud of his son and his accomplishments.

-Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood.

Johann Sebastian Bach (pronounced Jo/Han Ze/Bas /Shtən Bahk)

-Bach, bahk, Johann Sebastian born on 1685 and died on 1750.
-He is a German Composer.
-Born on 31 March 1685 and died on 28 July 1750.
-The son of Johann Ambrosius.

-It was as a performing that Bach was perhaps best-known in his day. He was a master of the keyboard instruments of his day, particularly the Organ, Harpsichord and Clavichord.
-Said to be the Father of all music.

-The 10-year-old orphan moved in with his oldest brother, Johann Christoph Bach (1671–1721), the organist at the Michaeliskirche in nearby Ohrdruf. There, he copied, studied and performed music, and apparently received valuable teaching from his brother, who instructed him on the clavichord.
-Bach's mother died in 1694, and his father eight months later
-Bach's fame as an organist was great during his lifetime, he was not particularly well-known as a composer. His style was considered "old-fashioned"
- He composed the Brandenburg Concertos which are said to be the finest musical compositions of the Baroque era.
-January 1703: after graduating bach became the court musician at the chapel of Duke Johann Ernst in Weimar, Thuringia


All words in green are Maddie's facts
All words in purple are Taylor's facts