Mozart, the ultimate cross-trainer

Mozart's 'Requiem'

Need to produce more work or function at a higher level? No need to run out and hire a life coach. Just follow the example of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.   

While Mozart wrote some of the greatest operas ever, he also wrote plenty of other kinds of musical compositions, too. He was the ultimate cross-trainer, which certainly could be a contributing factor to his prolificacy.   

Experts agree that the influence of Mozart’s operas can be heard throughout his instrumental music, in the phrasings which sound like vocalizations and in the dramatic mood changes. At the same time, the influence of Mozart the instrumental composer on his mature operas (beginning with Idomeneo in 1781)  is similarly significant.   

Mozart's work room

How much cross-training are we talking about?  Get ready . . .   

  • 71 sonatas
  • 56 concertos
  • 52 pieces of chamber music
  • 41 symphonies
  • 28 songs
  • 23 dances
  • 22 operas
  • 20 masses
  • 9 minuets
  • 7 motets
  • 7 fugues
  • 6 cantantas
  • 4 oratorios
  • 2 ballets
  • 2 sonatinas
  • 1 suite for piano
  • and 300-odd unclassified pieces such as canons, ariettas, andantinos, rondos, and gigues

More than 600 compositions. Are your socks knocked off (like mine are)?   

If you think you can’t fit in one more thing today, may the spirit of W.A. Mozart and this *modest* list inspire you.


Filed under Classic Opera, Classical Composers, Classical Music, Mozart

2 Responses to Mozart, the ultimate cross-trainer

  1. My thoughts exactly, Heidi. Now I have no excuse to be a bum. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. It’s stunning to see that list, especially when you consider that Mozart only lived to age 35!