The Difference Between Mozart and Beethoven's Styles

By Joni Ryan ; Updated September 15, 2017
Mozart and Beethoven differed in personality and style.

Mozart and Beethoven were both musicians of the 1800's classical period. They were different in personality as well as in musical styles. Mozart was an upbeat person who played for the royals. Beethoven was an angry person who played for the people. Mozart started his musical career at a young age and died at 35. Beethoven did not publish his first symphony until age 30, became deaf at 50 and died at 56.

Clarity

Mozart's style was one of precision and clarity of note, each sound crystal and distinct. Beethoven was more rubato. "He had an almost muddy sound that allowed for more changes and variations," says music teacher David Barnaba.

Mood

Mozart's music reflected his lighter personality. A family man with children, he played music that was comfortable for the listener to hear. Beethoven's music reflected his dark moods. A solitary man, his music was created for himself with no thought of the listening audience.

Complexity

The complexity of Mozart's music was written with the less technical player in mind. Thematic and precise, it was designed for any skill level to play. Beethoven was as angry in style as he was in personality. No thought was given to those with lesser skills; his music was written with tension and ruthlessness.

About the Author

Joni Ryan has been writing public interest and how-to articles since 1989. Based in a suburb of Charlotte, N.C., Ryan has written for the "Charlotte Racing News," "The Current" and "The Oceana Herald." She studied the principles of business ontology for two years with the Unicist Research Institute. Ryan completed the Coach Training Alliance life coaching program in 2006.