Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart* was born in Salzburg, Austria, on January 27, 1756. He was the youngest of seven children, five of whom died in infancy. In his early years, Mozart’s father was his only teacher. At the early age of 4, Mozart started to receive his musical education from his father. While Leopold Mozart was a devoted teacher, Wolfgang was keen to progress beyond what he was taught.
A child prodigy, Mozart performed his first musical tour throughout Europe at the age of 5. When he was just 6 years old, Mozart performed for the Austrian royals and the imperial family. Mozart was not only an excellent performer, but was also interested in composing his own music. In 1765, his first sonatas were published in Paris.
Mozart was a prolific and influential composer who learned voraciously from others, while developing a brilliance and maturity of style that encompassed both the light and graceful along with the dark and passionate. By the time he died at the age of 35, he had composed over 600 works including concertos, sonatas, chamber music, chorale music, operas, and symphonic masterpieces.
Mozart remains among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and is considered by some to be the greatest composer who ever lived. Beethoven composed his own early works in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote that “posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years.”
Many of Mozart’s tunes are instantly recognizable because they so frequently heard, even in pop settings. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is probably Mozart’s best-known work. His operas, such as Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro, are also popular. One famous children’s piece that he wrote was Variations on “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
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*His baptismal name was Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, but he generally called himself “Wolfgang Amadè Mozart” as an adult.