The music of Mozart is often regarded as the high point of the ‘classical era’ in music. He extended and refined the structures (or forms) of instrumental works such as the symphony and concerto (for example, the unusual combination of symphony and concerto in the “Symphonie Concertante”). In his operas he composed vocal music of extraordinary subtlety, his characters often singing together in small groups, each singer having a different melody and different words (for example, “Marriage of Figaro’, Act Ill as shown in the film “Amadeus”). His use of melody and harmony often sounded revolutionary to his fellow musicians and yet his music always remained clear, fluent and precise.
Despite his broad acceptance of the accepted and well-tried forms of his day, Mozart composed music of a uniquely fresh quality. The progressive qualities of Mozart’s music were to give inspiration to future composers and herald a new era of music composition in the 19th Century namely the ‘romantic movement’.