Composer Biography - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Run time: 2m 04s  |  Release Date: January 27th, 2016

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27th 1756 in Salzburg, Austria.

 

A child prodigy, he learned music from his father Leopold, a talented composer, court violinist, and author of an important book on violin technique entitled, “Treatise on Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing”.

 

From the age of 6, Mozart was touted around Europe and forced to perform for various aristocrats, one of which being Queen Marie Antoinette of France.

 

Some of his most recognizable works today include Symphony No. 40 and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, as well as numerous works on the piano such as Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major and .

 

Before his death in 1791, Mozart was commissioned to compose a Requiem Mass by an unnamed patron who insisted on remaining anonymous. During this time, Mozart fell suddenly ill. He was certain that he was being poisoned and that the requiem he was composing would be his own. It was rumored, though not proven, that he may have been poisoned by Italian composer Antonio Salieri.

 

Mozart died in Vienna, Austria on December 5th 1791 at the age of 35.

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The exact date of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth in not known for certain, however, surviving documents indicate that his baptism occurred on December 17th, 1770 in Bonn, Germany. During this time, baptism followed very shortly after birth which may put the composer’s actual day of birth on either the 16th or the 17th.

Argued by many to be one of, if not the greatest composer who has ever lived, the affects of Beethoven’s genius can still be felt to this day. Like many great composers, Beethoven was born into a musical family.

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