Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, born to  Leopold Mozart (1719–1787) and Anna Maria, née Pertl (1720–1778), at 9 Getreidegasse in Salzburg,  was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical music era.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is regarded as one of the prominent composers of the Classical period of music. portrait by Johann Nepomuk della Croce.  image: wikipedia

At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. 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 his death. The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized. He was survived by his wife Constanze and two sons.

He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence on subsequent Western art music is profound. Ludwig van 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”

source adapted from: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. (2016, January 24). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:59, January 25, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wolfgang_Amadeus_Mozart&oldid=701459061