Instead of an Ars poetica…
‘Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.’
Dear Visitors, Parents, Students,
welcome on the website of the music school.
At the Leopold Mozart Music School, Budaörs, through studying music and playing an instrument, students are educated by the homely atmosphere, excellent teachers, and high professional level to perform, to listen, to pay attention, and to persist.
Students are welcome with well equipped and friendly rooms, and a quality instrument store. Personalised attention and personal pace of progress are provided in individual classes. Music education in institutes – our music school among them – provides special possibilites, such as: regular opportunities to perform, learning stage presence, through which self-expression and self confidence may develop; furthermore, preparation for and participation in local, regional, national, and international competitions, through which endurance and concentration are learnt; moreover, participation in masterclasses of the leading music teachers of the country and in summer music camps, training for higher education, and community education through the work of smaller and larger ensembles.
Studying music requires work, patience, and self-discipline; but it may become a source of joy for those who choose this path. If you wish to provide this lifelong gift to your child, youare in the right place on the website of the music school.
Leopold Mozart, the eponym of the school
Why exactly was Leopold Mozart chosen to be the eponym of the school?
The place of the diverse musical works of Leopold Mozart (1719 – 1787), born in Augsburg, was Salzburg for 40 years. He raised his two children, Nannerl (Maria Anna) and Wolfgang Amadeuswith exceptional care, competence, and ambition, as evidenced by his letters and testimonies by his contemporaries. As an outstanding professional, he could have neglected the upbringing of his children to build his own career, but he did not do so. He made incredible sacrifices for his children given to him by providence, and he gave everything to them so that they could cultivate their talents. We would like to set him as an exemple for parents of our days, since they are to decide how and on what their children should spend their most impressionable years; as it is, too, the parents’ responsibility whether and how much they persist in supporting each other and their child in their decision and commitment to study music. The staff and the direction of the music school shall accompany you with attention, understanding, and experienceon this path of hardships which, nevertheless, offers so much for life.
Johann Georg Leopold Mozart (14thNov 1719 – 28th May 1787)
He was born in Augsburg (presentday Germany), in the Mozart House, as the son of a bookbinder. After having finished the grammar school of Augsburg in 1735, he often performed as an actorand singer in St. Salvator’s Jesuit school; he also played the organ and the violin. He became a student of philosophy and law at the Benedictine University, Salzburg in 1737, then he studied theology. In the end, he devoted his diverse attention to music, even though his father wanted him to become a catholic priest. He became a violinist, then the court componist and chapelmaster of the archbishop of Salzburg. He married Anna Maria Pertl in1747, with whom they had seven children, although only two lived to grow up to adulthood: Maria Anna (Nannerl) and Wolfgang Amadeus. In 1756 – the year whenWolfgang Amadeus was born –, he wrote his work by the title Versuch einergründlichen Violinschule, that is, a treatise on playing the violin. This work of his is one of the most important documents on 18th century performance practice together with J. J. Quantz’s Versuch einer Anweisung die Flöte traversière zu spielen and C. Ph. E. Bach’s Versuch über die wahre Artdas Clavier zu spielen.
Whether Leopold was a successful componist is debated; it is certain that he was a successful teacher. The above mentioned textbook is still an important source of the 18th century violin technique and pedagogy. He spent a great deal of time on the development of his two children’s talents, often at the expense of his own work; he made it into his mission to spread the word about them in Europe. He may not even have considered how much the concert tours burdened the family. When he returned together with his son from their last tour in Italy in 1773, Leopold Mozart was not given his job back as the court chapelmaster of Salzburg. However, timeproved Leopold Mozart right, who, as a musically educated person, presaged hisson’s talent. In 1785, Leopold visited his son in Vienna, and also met Haydn,who claimed, ‘Before God and as an honest man I tell you that your son is the greatest composer known to me either in person or by name; he has taste,and, furthermore, the most profound knowledge of composition.’
Dear Parents, dear Reader, our teachers impart this musical heritage among others to the children.
Thank youfor your faith in us.