Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart baptismal name Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart (27 January

1756 -- 5 December 1791), was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. He composed over 600

works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music.

He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers. Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest

childhood in Salzburg. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed

before European royalty. At 17, he was engaged as a court musician in Salzburg, but grew restless and travelled in

search of a better position, always composing abundantly. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his

Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his

final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the

Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of Mozart's death. The circumstances of his early death have

been much mythologized. He was survived by his wife Constanze and two sons. Mozart learned voraciously from

others, and developed a brilliance and maturity of style that encompassed the light and graceful along with the

dark and passionate. His influence on subsequent Western art music is profound. Beethoven wrote his own early

compositions in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote that "posterity will not see such a talent again in

100 years."

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