Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

(1756-91)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91)

Possibly the most talented musician to have ever lived.

Born in Salzburg he was paraded through Europe as a child prodigy, not limited to a single instrument but as one that could do everything. He none the less worked hard in establishing himself as the foremost composer of the Classical period.

After his travels he took a position at the court of Archbishop of Salzburg but Mozart found him too demanding an employer. He then based himself in Vienna for the rest of his life, struggling to survive as a freelance composer at a time when court patronage was the norm.

Financial difficulties were a constant factor but did not prevent the composition of some outstanding masterpieces, not least his operas, among them The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. His forty-one symphonies and over twenty piano concertos are matched by a wealth of chamber music and other works.

Mozart died an unpleasant death following an infection and was buried in an unmarked grave. His last work was his uncompleted Requiem.

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