WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Born in Salzburg where he showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position.
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. The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized. He composed more than 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music.
Mozart is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers. His influence is profound on subsequent Western art music. Ludwig van Beethoven composed his own early works in the shadow of Mozart. Joseph Haydn wrote: “posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years”.