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People Who Inspired Change Through Music #3 – Mozart

I was ten years old when I went on my first ever holiday abroad. Mum and Dad had saved for years to take us to Playa de Palma in Majorca, …

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People Who Inspired Change Through Music #3 – Mozart

I was ten years old when I went on my first ever holiday abroad. Mum and Dad had saved for years to take us to Playa de Palma in Majorca, Spain in the spring of ‘86. There were so many things there that widened my eyes forever. The exquisite Cathedral at Palma that seemed to stretch up infinitely, the warmth on my face of real Mediterranean sunshine, the enormous Hotel we stayed in and it’s lovely pool and, of course, the bronzed and topless twenty-something women on the beach (the first glance of which caused me to stub my toe on the kerb and fall on my face.)

One of the other revelations of my holiday in May of 1986 was the music they played. It was, and I’ve thought but I just can’t put it any other way, DREADFUL. What is now familiar to me as ‘euro trash’ music was everywhere and even at the tender age of ten it drove me insane. Well, with the exception of one tune; although this one was pure euro trash too, it was so catchy in it’s awfulness that it actually grew on me. And grew and grew. And it wasn’t just me either, because when we got back to the UK I couldn’t believe that it was number 1 in the charts (and, as it turned out, top of the billboard charts in the USA too.) The song? ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ by Falco. Do you remember it? “Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus, Amadeus Amadeus, Amadeus, Amadeus Amadeus, Oh Oh Oh Amadeus, a come and rock me Amadeus…..” Hmm.  

‘David, pleeeeeeease don’t tell me that you’re going to suggest Falco changed the world through music’ I hear you say. Well, not exactly, no. But what the song did do for me (and for many I guess), was introduce me to the bloke they were singing about. ‘Who is this Amadeus dude Dad?‘Well, son, it’s Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’. ‘Who?’ and there you go.  It’s the funniest things that can introduce us to greatness. And so, we arrive at the real subject of this blog.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was undoubtedly one of the most influential musical figures of all time and a man who really did change the world. Yes, through his music, which was, and is, some of the most astounding, beautiful and groundbreaking ever heard. But it was so very much more than that. So, as with all of the characters in my blog, I want to look through the veil of just the astounding musical output, to the attitudes, beliefs, skills and courage that allowed him to truly inspire change using the universal language of music.

Mozart was a cultural liberator and a true trailblazer, who pretty much single handedly Mozart Sketchpioneered Musical Independence. What I mean by this is he showed the musicians of his time (the 18th century) – all of who were attached to specific households and were regarded in the same way a household servant was – that they didn’t need to live that way anymore. He believed that musicians could be independent entrepreneurs and work for themselves, allowing them to have their own opinions and be free to express themselves politically, musically, and socially. To free themselves from the restrictions of the ‘house’ they belonged to if you like. But rather than just posturing or theorising or talking about this as a concept, Mozart did it himself to show it could be done. He led by example. He had the balls to do instead of just talk and, in doing so became the first of what we would now call a ‘freelance’ composer, living by sheer talent & savvy wit alone.

It’s critical to understand at this point too that it would have been so much easier for Mozart not to do it, to just sit on the fence and theorise. And it would have been a huge amount safer too, as Prince Archbishop Colloredo, the tyrannical royal and religious leader in Saltzberg in the late 18th century (and ‘master of the house’ that Mozart was attached to) was greatly opposed to Mozart’s views and met them with many social and personal threats to his safety. But, big M was having none of it. He did it anyway. He stood by his beliefs and although, ultimately, he ended up in a state of compromise toward his later years having taken so many risks in the name of freedom of expression, his guts, his courage and his conviction to stand in his power really did ‘change the world’. One of a million examples of how he did so would be Beethoven; you see, without Mozart’s trailblazing in this area of musical independence, the social stubbornness that Beethoven chose to live by in Vienna would surely have cut his career very short indeed.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, I salute you not just as one of the most incredible and innovative composers of all time, but as a visionary, a trailblazer and a man of extraordinary bottle, willing to challenge the status quo and change things.

And to think, without that daft song in 1986, I might well have missed all of that. So, thanks Falco. Amadeus certainly rocks me. Does he rock you too? Here’s a little link to memory lane for those who want to indulge in a bit of eurocheese. And here’s one for those that don’t.

See you next time

DC ;0)

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1 Comment

  1. Maureen on said:

    Wonderful, David! Great background info on a timeless musician. (I also went to listen to the ‘don’t’ link and WOW… totally energized. Amazing.)