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Was Mozart and innovator?

Was Mozart an innovator?

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As the years go by I´m becoming more and more interested in Mozart´s music. Obviously he was a genius, and one of the greatest composers ever, but it´s not as clear to me if he was an innovator as a composer. I can tell why both Haydn and Beethoven were innovators and introduced new compositional aspects in the classical period, but not in Mozart´s case. In searching for this topic I´ve found opposite points of view.
So, I would like to know what people think here in TC about this. Was Mozart an innovator? Yes, no, Why? If the answer is "yes", In what senses he was? Did he introduced or developed inedit aspects in classical music´s world? Thanks by advance for your opinions! :tiphat:
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I'm not knowledgeable enough to make my own argument here, but Charles Rosen argues convincingly in his book The Classical Style that Mozart, along with Haydn, basically invented the style with which they're associated. Slightly earlier composers developed the "gallant" style but Haydn and Mozart were the ones who made it a vehicle for large-scale dramatic structures based on tonal relationships and symmetrical proportions.

Mozart also introduced a degree of chromaticism to this style that was unprecedented at the time.
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