Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the world-renowned Austrian composer is said to be the greatest composer of all time. The musician died in 1791, but his unique compositions and stunning pieces are prized even to this day.
Albert Einstein called him an out of this world artist. And Mozart is commonly referred to as a both child prodigy and musical genius. Yet, if you look closer, the secrets behind his genius were not “out of this world”, but actually very practical and down-to-earth.
So, as it turns out, there’s plenty we can learn from the musical genius of Mozart. Here are the 5 things you can learn from the genius of Mozart:
Persistent hard work
Mozart was a very practical man. His skills did not just come to him overnight.
Instead, he spent time in countless concerts, he met musicians, and he listened endlessly to other peoples work. It was then that he wrote his own compositions.
His work reflects his efforts, with each composition drenched in the long hours spent on perfecting it.
Not afraid to change and improve
Unlike many other artists, Mozart wanted to find faults in his own work.
He would listen to different compositions for hours on end and then deliberately make changes in his own compositions, to perfect. He did this many times, tirelessly going through every bit of the composition until he was satisfied.
This is the reason why his compositions sound “out of this world”, every chord is in its perfect place and would not suit anywhere else.
Since the day he was born, Mozart was exposed to challenges. He had a sister who was a very talented musician as well. In order to earn his father’s appreciation, Mozart had to be better than his sister was.
He took it as a challenge rather than handicap and went on to perfect every challenging instrument until he had a higher command over the melodies.
Mozart was exposed to a live audience since he was a child. He overcame his stage fright and audience awareness at a very young age.
His father would make him practice all the melodies with his sister in front of a live audience. This gave Mozart the feel of live performance which later ignited the love for perfecting his live pieces.
Practice and practice
Mozart was not someone to shy away from practice. In fact, he was one of the few musicians who believed in multiple revisions. He would practice and practice, day in and day out.
It took Mozart 10 years of his life to create a piece that he found perfect enough to show the world – and the world to call it ‘magnificent’. Such an incredible genius, but it still took 10 years of practice to find a name of his own.
Part of the secret to Mozart’s genius is this undying love for perfection, which drove him to practice on and on.
Long story short, Mozart is the perfect example that hard work pays off.
Being naturally gifted is one thing, but you cannot expect to make a difference without that vital piece of the puzzle. Hard work, talent and intellect go hand in hand.
Yes, Mozart was a genius. But he was wise enough to hone his gift and perfect his abilities to become a musical wonder!