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Week of August 13, 2001

Welcome to the Mozart Festival Celebration!
This week's trivia will honor the musical genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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Quote of the Week


"In a world of peace and love, music would be the universal language." -- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862). Thoreau was a U.S. writer and poet, and he was associated with the Transcendentalists. For two years, he lived in solitude on Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Thoreau's works include "Civil Disobedience" (1849) and Walden, or Life in the Woods (1854).

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Picture of the Week


The IMA Hero™ Wolfgang dresses up for an evening of music in his elegant black and gold Mainly Mozart Festival Ribbon
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Trivia Question


This Week's Trivia Question:

Question: True or False: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart could recreate a piece of music after hearing it only once.

Last Week's Trivia Question:
Question: Who was the first African American Supreme Court Justice?
Answer:
Thurgood Marshall was the first African American Supreme Court Justice. President Lyndon Johnson nominated Marshall for the U.S. high court in 1967. Before this appointment, Marshall was a Civil Rights Attorney. He appeared before the Supreme Court as an attorney in 32 cases, and he won 29 of these cases, including Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka in 1954. Read a book about Thurgood Marshall.

Photo: Thurgood Marshall.

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Did You Know…


Did you know Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed variations of the nursery rhyme, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star?

Yes. In fact Wolfgang composed 12 variations of this popular nursery rhyme. They are listed as K. 265. The first verse of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star is:

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

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Who's Your Hero?


"Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I started playing the piano at age 6, and I always heard stories about Mozart starting at age 3. The more I learned about Mozart, the more interesting his life became -- his childhood, his life as a musician, how he was treated, and the genius of his works. He's a great inspiration!"
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Your Question


Q: Did Mozart influence Beethoven or did Beethoven influence Mozart? (Carmen from Wisconsin)

A: Mozart influenced Beethoven's music. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived from 1756 to 1791, and Ludwig van Beethoven lived from 1770 to 1827. Wolfgang's music influenced many composers. He affected the later works of Joseph Haydn and the next generation of composers, including Ludwig van Beethoven. Read a book about Wolfgang A. Mozart or Ludwig van Beethoven.

Photos: Wolfgang A. Mozart (left) and Ludwig van Beethoven (right).

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