Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

By Nikita Kleyner

Mozart: The Truth Behind the Prodigy

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. Early on, his father Leopold, also a musician, saw his talent and always pushed his son to his limits. As a child Mozart played both the harpsichord and violin composing his first minuet at age five and first symphony at nine years old.He toured Europe with his sister Nannerl (Marie Anna) preforming for Royal Courts and nobles alike.

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.

Where Mozart Lived

Mozart lived in Salzburg, Austria for the majority of his life but, during the last ten years he lived in Vienna, Austria.
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter" / Rattle · Berliner Philharmoniker

Mozart's Music

Mozart wrote over 600 pieces in his lifetime, including 41 symphonies. He also composed concertos, minuets, operas, sonatas, and even dance music.

Citations

Mozart Portrait:

Mozart. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 3 Dec 2015.
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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.
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