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Born on Jan. 27, 1756; Died on Dec. 5, 1791

Considered to be the greatest musical genius in history, Mozart began composing at the age of 5 and amassed over 600 pieces of music throughout his life, many of which are considered to be masterpieces.

Mozart grew up in Salzburg, but spent most of his childhood concertizing throughout Europe with his sister, Nannerl. At the age of 25, he moved to Vienna, where he enjoyed great popularity until the Viennese grew bored with the novelty he presented. Married to Konstanze Weber and having two sons, he died at the age of 35 and was buried in a communal grave, according to Josephine reforms. Although tales of poverty, drunkenness, libertinism, and foul play concerning his death still survive, these have all recently been proven untrue.

Those who knew him, described Mozart as a generous, witty and affable man who carried his monumental genius with a remarkable grace. He, as well as his music, continues to grow in popularity with people of all ages, cultures, and levels of musical understanding.

Sources:

  • Stanley Sadie. The New Grove Mozart. W.W. Norton & Company: New York, 1983.
  • Arthur Hutchings. Mozart The Man The Musician. Schirmer Books: New York, 1976

 Contributed by: Stephan Karl Waller

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