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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Child Prodigy Composers

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a child prodigy. He wrote his first symphony when he was eight, but actually started composing at the age of five. In this show, hear about some other composers who started just as early.

Music heard in this episode:
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture
Mozart: Symphony No. 1
Beethoven: Sonata No. 3
Hummel: Piano Concerto in A Minor, OP 85
De Arriaga: Los Esclavos Felices
Albeniz: Asturias
Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals
Korngold: The Prince and the Pauper
Daquin: Noel

Other shows about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
The Magic Flute
About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart's Operas
Janissary Music
What's a Rondo?

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About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1/27/1756 - 12/5/1791
Born in Austria

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, where his father Leopold was a violinist and composer. Wolfgang (or Wolferl, as his family called him) was a child prodigy. He composed his first piece of music at age five; he had his first piece published when he was seven; and he wrote his first opera when he was twelve. By the time Wolfgang was 6, he was an excellent pianist and violinist. He and his sister Maria Anna (known as Nannerl) traveled all over Europe performing for royalty.

When he grew up, Mozart moved to Vienna, and tried to earn a living as a pianist and composer. But he had a lot of trouble handling the fact that he was no longer a child prodigy. Mozart was still a musical genius, but after he stopped being a cute kid, people stopped making a big fuss over him. Back then, musicians were treated like servants, but Mozart did not, and could not think of himself as a servant.

Mozart was only 35 when he died. During his short life, he composed in all different musical forms, including operas, symphonies, concertos, masses, and chamber music. Today, he is still considered a genius!

See other composers born in Austria


This Week's Quiz:

1. How old was Mozart when he wrote his first symphony?






2.What was the name of the young pianist whom Mozart invited to live with him?






3. Which of the following was NOT a child prodigy?







Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
"Turkish Rondo" from Piano Sonata in A, K. 331

Composed in 1783
Performed by
Jeno Jando, piano

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