Mozart and Enlightment

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The 18th century principal ideas radically changed the route of music. The time of Enlightenment resulted in the now broadly accepted rules of parity and reason into the public understanding throughout most of European countries. These ideas were as well the philosophical foundation for the creation of the United States of America. American Declaration of Independence commences with the audacious claim that "all men are created equal" and "endowed with certain unalienable rights."

Enlightenment and its controversial assumptions formed a great part of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's musical masterpieces. Mozart's' career inaugurated with serving to the Archbishop of Salzburg. However, up that period of time, people composing music like Mozart were frequently simply professional valets for the church or regal courts. Nevertheless Mozart became defenceless to the notions of parity and independence after visiting England and France. He was looking for a strict duty to the covert hierarchy that used his services very rigorously.

Ultimately, Mozart faced fewer restrictions in Vienna, where he assisted himself with general performances through promoting engagements.

One of the most famous Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro" recapitulated the fresh ideas by presenting servants play a central role. Before, people serving were funny personages people laughed at; although they were forming the main morals and ideas of the play. In the opera "The Marriage of Figaro" the one can see a pure consciousness of the customs of people unspoken throughout comedy and a growing self-consciousness concerning the part shaped by that operatic and theatrical performances of that social order to confirm it, or subvert it (Liebner, 37-38).

Nevertheless, some people picture Mozart as the typical compositor of the era of Enlightenment: notably judicious, representing an accurate excellence in all he mastered. A more precise presentation of Mozart according to his biography as well as some...