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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–91) was an Austrian composer. He began to compose at a very early age and performed in public from the age of six. His many compositions include symphonies, chamber music, operas and choral works. They are all light and graceful in the classical style. He had a gift for learning from the music of other composers, notably Johann Christian Bach and Joseph Haydn, from which he developed his own unique style. Many people consider Mozart to be the finest classical composer of all.

Mozart, a young boy, playing the fortepianoMozart, a young boy, playing the fortepiano

Early life

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on 27th January 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. The next day he was christened Johannes Chrysostomus Wolgangus Theophilus Mozart (he called himself Wolfgang Amadè Mozart as an adult). Wolfgang was the youngest of seven children, five of whom died young. His father, Leopold, was a teacher and composer. Mozart began to play the piano at the age of four and was soon writing simple compositions.

It used to be thought that Mozart was buried in a pauper's grave. In fact, his was not a grave for poor people, but one appropriate for someone who was not a member of the aristocracy.

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