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Comparing Composers: Mozart and Beethoven

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Directions: Read about the lives of the composers Mozart and Beethoven on the Web pages listed below. Then read each statement at the bottom of the page. Write M on the line next to each statement that tells something about Mozart. Write B on the line before each statement that tells about Beethoven.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 1791)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
__________ 1. He began to lose his hearing around the age of 30.
__________ 2. He died a poor man and was buried in an unmarked grave.
__________ 3. Composer Joseph Haydn called him "the greatest composer."
__________ 4. He first played the piano in public at age 8.
__________ 5. He studied under Joseph Haydn and others.
__________ 6. His famous operas include The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni.
__________ 7. Unlike most composers, he enjoyed great popularity while he was alive.
__________ 8. He played piano by the time he was four years old.
__________ 9. Moonlight Sonata was one of his greatest early piano works.
__________ 10. Unlucky in love, he never married.
__________ 11. He wrote his first opera when he was a teenager.
__________ 12. His Pastoral Symphony reflected his love of the countryside.
__________ 13. 10,000 people were said to have attended his funeral.
__________ 14. He died a young man, in his thirties.
__________ 15. One of his great works, Requiem, was completed after his death by another composer.

THINK ABOUT IT: Knowing what you know about the lives of these two famous composers, which man, do you think, had the more difficult life? Explain your answer on the back side of this page.

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