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
Leopold and Anna Maria Mozart
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
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.