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About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart sat down at the keyboard at the age of three, it was clear to his father Leopold that he had a genius on his hands. From the first pieces he composed as a five-year-old, to the Requiem he was working on when he died, right before his 35th birthday, Mozart wrote an astonishing amount of beautiful music.

Music heard in this episode:
Mozart: Piano Sonata in A, K 331
Mozart: Variations on “Ah, vous dirai je maman”
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 19
Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
Mozart: Symphony No. 41
Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Mozart: Coronation Mass
Mozart: Serenade for Winds
Mozart: Requiem

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

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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. Mozart was a child prodigy, which means he was very talented at a young age.

True

False


2.Which instruments did Mozart play best?

violin and trumpet

clarinet and flute

violin and piano

French horn and viola

harp and harpsichord


3. In what city did Mozart finally settle?

Paris

Prague

Vienna

New York

London



 

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


Composed in 1783
Performed by
Jeno Jando, piano

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