Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Facts

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Facts
Wolgang Mozart was an influential and prolific composer of the Classical era who was competent on keyboard and violin and composing music from the age of five - performing before European royalty. At 17, he was engaged as a court musician in Salzburg and he wrote over 600 compositions in his lifetime. See the Mozart fact file below for more information.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Date of Birth
January 27, 1756

Date of Death
December 5, 1791

Place of Birth
Salzburg, Archbishopic of Salzburg,
in what is now Austria

Birth Family
Leopold and Anna Maria Mozart

Constanze Weber

Six children, although only two survived infancy: Karl Thomas Mozart and Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart.

In his earliest years, Wolfgang was taught by his father languages and academic subjects as well as music.

Composer of the Classical era

Reason for Fame
Considered the most enduringly popular of
classical composers.

Additional Information
Mozart composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic and choral music. He had many pupils during his lifetime, but more important is the influence Mozart had on composers of later generations. After his death, studying his scores has been a standard part of the training of classical musicians. Beethoven was deeply influenced by Mozart’s work and many of his work have direct models in comparable works by Mozart. However, Beethoven never studied under Mozart.