Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Created by Allison Jacobs

Early Life

Mozart's father was named Leopold, and he was also a musician. Wolfgang was known as a child prodigy. At age 5 he had already composed a minuet, and was playing both the harpsichord and the violin. He was performing for the Viennese Royal court when he was 6 years old. From the age 7-10, Wolfgang and his older sister, Maria Anna toured Europe, performing for kings, emperors, and other forms of royalty. Mozart had finished writing his very first symphony at age 9.

Life While Composing

During his short but successful life, Mozart wrote wrote over 600 pieces. These included symphonies, sonatas, concertos, operas, dance music and masses. Some of his most famous pieces are the operas Le Nozze di Figaro (The marriage of Figaro, 1786), Don Giovanni (1787), and Die Zauberflöte. Another famous piece of his is Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, also know as A Little Night of Music, which you can find below.

Normal Life

Mozart married Constanze Weber in 1781. Together they had 6 children but only 2 lived to be adults. Mozart''s popularity with the public was like a roller coaster, moving up and down, and he had ongoing financial issues.

Mozart's Death

Mozart was only 35 when he passed away on December 5, 1791. He had been sick for some time, often with something called rheumatic fever. Because he was very poor when he died, Mozart was buried in a pauper's grave in Vienna, Austria. Some people think that Mozart believed he was being poisoned which made him sick.

Other Fun Facts

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music)

Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major), K. 525, is a 1787 composition for a chamber ensemble by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The German title means "a little serenade," though it is often rendered more literally but less accurately as "a little night music." The work is written for an ensemble of two violins, viola, and cello with optional double bass, but is often performed by string orchestras.

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