Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: baptismal name Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, and opera
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (b. Salzburg, 1756; d. 1791) was an Austrian composer, keyboard player, violinist, violist and conductor. A child prodigy, he was taught the harpsichord, violin and organ by his father, who when the boy was 6 began to present him in concerts before the royalty of Europe.
(1756 - 1791) Probably the greatest genius in Western musical history, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, Jan. 27, 1756, the son of Leopold Mozart and his wife, Anna Maria Pertl.
The serenade and Mozart's Prague Symphony of 1786 were originally bound in one volume with the March in D Major, K. 189 (167b) by his father Leopold Mozart. It was referred to as the Cranz Volume 1, but the manuscripts were separated in 1966 and sold at auction in 1975.
The outline of Mozart’s final illness is clear. He took to his bed on Nov. 20, 1791, after an intense period that produced “The Magic Flute,” “La Clemenza di Tito,” the Clarinet Concerto, a Masonic cantata and parts of his Requiem. His hands and feet swelled. He grew listless, suffered vomiting fits and ran a fever.
A previously unknown piece by Mozart, believed to have been written when he was as young as 10, has been uncovered in Austria.
Antonin Dvorak, a 19th-century Czech composer, said that "Mozart is sunshine." Although most people agree that Mozart's music sparkles brilliantly, no one knows for sure how Mozart created those shimmering sounds. Perhaps he relied on musical genius or inspiration from daily events. On the other hand, he might have composed measures of music with mathematical equations.
French actor Gérard Depardieu says Mozart helped to cure his childhood stutter. Eliad, the painter, received her treatment at an institute founded by a Paris physician named Alfred Tomatis, who pioneered the use of Mozart's music to treat all sorts of childhood disorders as well as adult ailments including depression.
He is regarded by many as the world's greatest natural musical genius; his mature compositions are distinguished by their melodic beauty, formal elegance and richness of harmony and texture.
Mozart is reported to have been extremely impressed by Beethoven's extemporization, and to have told bystanders: 'Keep your eyes on him; some day he will give the world something to talk about.'
[Mozart] Aware he is dying, he gives instructions on how to complete the Requiem he is composing. As the illness progresses, it weakens Mozart's heart, causing fluid retention and extreme swelling.