Facts And Information About Mozart

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Mozart was one of the prolific composers of symphonies, concertos, sonatas and operas that gave shape to classical music.

Fact 1 Early Life Of Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria on the 27th of January, 1756. From childhood he could play various instruments and performed in public at an early age of six years. His father Leopold and mother Maria Pertl Mozart, was a violinist, a composer and assisted as a concert master at the court of Salzburg. Hence Mozart and his sister Maria Anna grew up in a musical environment and were encouraged by their father who tutored them in keyboard. He showed great sense of tonality, tempo and chords from childhood. The first composition of Wolfgang at the age of five, proved his excellence in the field of music. He could play clarinet and violin too. In 1762, Mozart traveled to Europe with his father to the courts of London, Paris, Zurich and Hague and met many noted musicians. Bach influenced him greatly.

Fact 2 Mozart’s Tour To Italy

Leopold took Wolfgang to Italy when he was just 13 years old with the intention of showing his son’s talent to all music lovers. He wrote the entire score “Miserere” by Gregorio Allegri when in Rome. Next he wrote his new opera, “Mitridate re di Ponto” for the Milan Court. His compositions won the hearts of many and during his later visits to Italy, he wrote “Ascanio in Albat” and “Lucio Silla”. However, father and son returned in 1773 and Mozart was appointed as assistant concert-master at the church. During this time, Wolfgang composed symphonies, sonatas, string quartets and serenades and some operas also. His passion for violin has given us the five violin concertos. In 1776, Wolfgang focused on piano concertos creating the historical number, “Piano Concerto No 9”. He was only 21 years old then but offered heavenly music to the world.

Fact 3 His Aspirations For A Better Prospect

Wolfgang was not satisfied with his regular and confined work as the assistant. He wanted to try out his future in wider areas and bigger cities. Since his father was not allowed to travel with his son, his mother went along with him for a better future in cities like Paris, Munich and Mannheim. Initially he earned quite well but gradually things were the same as before. His mother’s illness and subsequent death left him in great trouble. However, his father arranged for a better position in Salzburg as Court Organist and he returned back to his hometown.

Fact 4 Mozart’s Subsequent Compositions

Wolfgang Amadeus composed the Coronation Mass in 1779 and a series of church works. He created the opera Ideomeneo for Munich and in March 1781, he was summoned by the Archbishop to Vienna where he was ill-treated and insulted. He was not allowed tom perfporm before the Emperor. So Mozart decided to stay back in Vienna and started working as a freelance composer and performer. He tutored several students, wrote music for publications and performed at various concerts. He married Constanze in 1782. His later compositions like Die Zauberflote and Symphony Number 41 were greatly influenced by Bach’s style and that of Handel.

Fact 5 Mozart’s Fame And Success

Wolfgang’s compositions were enjoyed by entire Europe and soon he became famous and finally he enjoyed a lavish life with his wife. However, things did not remain the same for long. In 1787 December, he started working as “chamber composer” under Emperor Joseph II. His other well-known compositions are Requiem, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and others. He passed away in 1791 December at the mere age of 35 years only. The causes of his death was not clearly known.

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