Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is far more than a musician or a composer. Mozart is an ideal. He is a symbol–not only for the worldwide cultural impact that he and his work have had, still have and will continue to have, but also due to his music's complexity and diversity, ranging from the most sublime of utopias (imaginary worlds where contentment, joie de vivre, nobility of spirit and keen originality all reign supreme) to the most turbulent torments and hardships. The sun is always high in the sky, even behind the clouds, however thick and grey they might be.
Mozart composed works of unprecedented vitality and cheer, in addition to other paradigmatic examples of the Sturm und Drang movement: a highly influential forerunner of Romantic aesthetics, which cast its stormy shadow over the early years of the 19th century and beyond, as demonstrated by the symphony music of the great Paris composer Louise Farrenc.
It is important not to overlook the huge influence of theatre and dramatic theory on all Mozart's work, whatever the genre. From his early childhood, Mozart drew prolifically on sparkling streams of Italian theatre music as sources of inspiration (as did his much-admired influence, Christoph Willibald Gluck), and his operas–which are always one of the main cornerstones of all operatic repertoires–represented a huge step forward in the consolidation of opera in German, paving the way for an abundance of such works in the future.
It was an approach to composing and understanding music and to musical creation that also came to prevail in Spain (albeit with the work of Franz Joseph Haydn leaving its most visible hallmark), as demonstrated by Barcelona composer Carles Baguer, who wrote a corpus of religious music and, in particular, priceless examples of symphonic works.
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For yet another year, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra will be joining forces with some of today's finest national and international performers and conductors of Mozart's works, raising the King of Music's star high above the city, where it will shine down just as strongly as Barcelona's dazzling, exuberant, much-desired summer sun.