WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (27/01/1756 – 05/12/1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilius Mozart. He, generally, called himself “Wolfgang Amade Mozart”, as an adult, but his name had many variants.–He was a prolific and influential of the Classical Era. When his sister, Nannerl, was 7 yrs old, she began keyboard lessons, with her father, while her 3 year old brother, Mozart looked on. Years later, after her brother death, she reminisced : “He often spent much time at the CLAVIER, picking out THIRDS, which he was ever striking, and his pleasure showed that it sounded good………. In his 4th year, his father, for a game, as it were, began to teach him a few MINUETS & PIECES at the CLAVIER……….. He could play it faultlessly and with the greatest delicacy. At the age of 5, he was already composing little pieces which he played to his father, who wrote them down.”
These early pieces, K 1-5, were recorded in the NANNRL NOTENBUCH. Mozart showed PRODIGIOUS ABILITY from his earliest childhood. He was competent on the KEYBOARD, VIOLIN and performed before European Royalty. At 17, he was engaged as a Court Musician, in Salzburg, but grew restless and travelled in search of a better position, always composing abundantly. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame ——- but little financial security.
During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known SYMPHONIES, CONCERTOS & OPERAS and portions of the REQUIEM, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic and choral music. Beethoven, composed his own early works IN THE SHADOW OF Mozart. Joseph Haydn wrote that, “POSTERITY WILL NOT SEE SUCH A TALENT AGAIN IN 100 YEARS”. Ludwig van Beethoven was 15 years Mozart’s junior.