Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1756-1791 By Dylan Ettinger

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Mozart's Early Life

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. Mozart also had an older sister named Maria Anna (Nannerl). From the start, Mozart was an amazing musician. He was a child prodigy. When he was five he created a minuet which is a piece that people can dance to. When he was six he he performed for the Viennese Royal court!! And from the age 7 to 10 he went on tour around Europe preforming for royalty. Also when he was nine he wrote his first symphony which is an elaborate piece which is filled with orchestra instruments and it was around 30 minutes long. Mozart was a very successful child.
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Map of Austria

This map is of Austria. This related to Mozart's life because this is his home town. Mozart was born is Salzburg, Austria. Through out his life he traveled around the world. But in 1781 Mozart moves to Vienna, Austria and marries his wife Constanze Weber. Then on December 5, 1791 he dies in Vienna Austria.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Requiem Mass in D minor K. 626

Requiem Mass

This is a video of Mozart's Requiem. In the middle of composing this piece Mozart died and only got half of the money that he was owed and his family was in need of money. So Constanze Mozart's wife brought the unfinished piece to Mozart's peer Franz Xaver Süssmayr and she asked him to finish it. He said yes because he wanted to help Mozart. Contanze got all the money but people eventually found out. To this day we still listen to it even though it was only half of Mozart's work.

Other Known Music

Mozart composed over 600 pieces. Including symphonies, sonatas, concertos, dance music, and masses. Some of his childhood symphonies are:


  • Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major, K. 16
  • Symphony No. 2 in B-flat major, K. 17 (spurious)
  • Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, K. 18 (spurious, by Abel)
  • Symphony No. 4 in D major, K. 19
  • Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, K. 22


Some of his Salzburg era symphonies are:


  • Symphony No. 14 in A major, K. 114 (1771)
  • Symphony No. 15 in G major, K. 124 (1772)
  • Symphony No. 16 in C major, K. 128 (1772)
  • Symphony No. 17 in G major, K. 129 (1772)
  • Symphony No. 18 in F major, K. 130 (1772)
  • Symphony No. 19 in E-flat major, K. 132 (1772)


Some of his late symphonies are:


  • Symphony No. 14 in A major, K. 114 (1771)
  • Symphony No. 15 in G major, K. 124 (1772)
  • Symphony No. 16 in C major, K. 128 (1772)
  • Symphony No. 17 in G major, K. 129 (1772)
  • Symphony No. 18 in F major, K. 130 (1772)
  • Symphony No. 19 in E-flat major, K. 132 (1772)


Then his final three symphonies are:


  • Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543 (1788)
  • Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 (1788)
  • Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter" in C major, K. 551 (1788)
  • Mozart's Legacy

    Mozart was child prodigy who amazed everyone. He wrote over 600 pieces and wrote 41 symphonies in his life time!! He wrote his first symphony when he was 9 and he preformed for many kings, queens, and royals. His career was very quick and happened when he was very young. Mozart left behind many great pieces that we still listen and learn today.

    Citations

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    The works of Mozart: <http://www.wolfgang-amadeus.at/en/musical_works_of_Mozart.php>