Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
By Nikita Kleyner
Mozart: The Truth Behind the Prodigy
In 1781, he married Constanze Weber and together they had six children. Through his whole life he and his family struggled with financial issues. Although now he is recognized as one of the greatest composers of all time, his career while he was alive went up and down.
In his short life he composed over 600 pieces including many symphonies, sonatas, and concertos. He unfortunately died very early at age 35, December 5, 1971. When he died he was in the middle of Requiem, a piece commissioned by Franz Walsegg, Constanze realizing they would not get the money unless the piece was finished, hired a composer to complete the piece, and lied to Walsegg saying Mozart had finished before he died.
Mozart. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 3 Dec 2015.
Map of Austria while it was a part of The Holy Roman Empire:
Ortelius's map of Austria, 1570. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 6 Dec 2015.