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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Poster

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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 27 January 1756Salzburg, Salzburg, Holy Roman Empire [now Austria]
Date of Death 5 December 1791Vienna, Austria, Habsburg Monarchy, Holy Roman Empire [now Austria]  (renal failure)
Birth NameJohannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart grew up in Salzburg under the regulation of his strict father Leopold who also was a famous composer of his time. His abilities in music were obvious even when Mozart was still young so that in 1762 at the age of six, his father took him with his elder sister on a concert tour to Munich and Vienna and a second one from 1763-66 through the south of Germany, Paris and London. Mozart was celebrated as a wonder child everywhere because of his excellent piano playing and his improvisations.

In 1769 he became the concertmaster of the Archbishop and was knighted by the Pope in Rome. Working in Salzburg he nevertheless travelled around Europe to meet other composers and orchestras. But in 1781 after a dispute with the Archbishop he left Salzburg and went to Vienna where he married Constanze Weber from Mannheim. In Vienna he also started his friendship with Joseph Haydn and a time of many work pieces. In the last year of his life, for example, he wrote one of his masterpieces, "Die Zauberflöte". Although some of his operas were successful he could not make money from this and died in poverty at the age of 36, having even on his last day worked on a "Requiem". He was buried in a communal grave which could not be precisely identified years later.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Volker Boehm

Spouse (1)

Constanze Weber (4 August 1782 - 5 December 1791) (his death) (6 children)

Trivia (27)

Born at 8:00pm-LMT
Son of well-known violin teacher and occasional composer Leopold Mozart
In Salzburg, Austria, his birthplace, there is a Mozart museum, and the Salzburg Festival, held every year, is largely devoted to his music. Many shops and streets in Salzburg are named after him as well.
Wrote "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" (a little night music) in one day.
Had a photographic memory, and could play an entire piece of music after hearing it only once.
Reports of his writing music without revisions were proven right. Sheet music in his hand exist that have no corrections or re-inclusions.
Often worked as a musical tutor.
Was so taken by the sound created by the "Glass Harmonica", a musical instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin, that he composed several pieces of music for it.
Children: Raimund Leopold (June 17 - August 19, 1783); Karl Thomas (September 21, 1784 - October 31, 1858); Johann Thomas Leopold (October 18 - November 15, 1786); Theresia Constanzia Adelheid Friedericke Maria Anna (December 27, 1787 - June 29, 1788); Anna Maria (b/d December 25, 1789); Franz Xaver Wolfgang (July 26, 1791 - July 29, 1844). Neither Karl or Franz married or had children.
Described Constanze in a letter to his father: "She is not ugly, but at the same time, far from beautiful. Her entire beauty consists of two little black eyes and a nice figure. She isn't witty, but has enough common sense to enable her to fulfill her duties of wife and mother... she understands housekeeping and has the kindest heart in the world. I love her and she loves me."
In 1809, Constanze married Danish diplomat Georg Nikolaus von Nissen (1761 - 1826). A Mozart fanatic, he edited vulgar passages out of many of the composer's letters, and wrote a Mozart biography.
Son of Leopold Mozart.
Began playing the harpsichord at the age of three.
The philosopher Søren Kierkegaard considered Mozart's opera "Don Giovanni" to be the greatest work of art ever made. He devotes an entire essay in his book "Either/Or" to defending this claim.
Contrary to popular belief, Mozart was not buried in a "mass grave", but in a regular communal grave according to the 1783 laws. The original grave site in St. Marx Cemetary has since been lost, but memorial gravestones have been placed where he is thought to be buried.
He preferred to be known as Wolfgang Amadé Mozart. The Latin Amadeus became popular because it is the name his widow used - both in the parish death register and when asking for a pension. A benefit held in Prague in 1791 was billed as "Concert in memory of Wolfgang Gottlieb Mozart
Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart is the Latin version of his baptismal names. The first two are saints names because he was born on the feast of St John Chrysostom. Theophilus, which means lover of god (or loved by god), is the Greek version (after his grandfather. Theophilus in German is Gottlieb, in French it is Amadé (which the multilingual Mozart preferred) or in Latin it is Amadeus.
In honor of Mozart's 250th birthday, all the church bells in Salzburg were rung simultaneously at the exact hour of his birth.
Mentioned in the rap-rock song "Mope" by Bloodhound Gang, along with personalities like Luciano Pavarotti, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Falco, Tori Spelling, and Bo Jackson.
Contrary to the story perpetuated by "Amadeus" author Peter Shaffer, there is absolutely no proof that Mozart was the victim of a deadly intrigue perpetrated by Antonio Salieri. Mozart disliked Salieri at first, blaming him and the other Italian composers at Emperor Joseph II's court for his difficulty in establishing himself, even accusing Salieri of trickery. However, contrary to what "Amadeus" insinuates, there's no evidence Salieri blocked Mozart from gaining appointments or staging his work. Whatever acrimony there may have been between them faded by 1785 as Mozart found success. In fact, Salieri and his mistress, Caterina Cavalieri, were Mozart's guests at the premier of "Die Zauberflöte".
Composed his first 30 symphonies by the age of 18, and returned to composing in this genre 4 years later in Paris, the city which also happens to be the nickname of his 31st symphony and was very well received at its premier.
Subject of the song "Rock Me, Amadeus" by Falco.
A Freemason. "The Magic Flute" has Masonic imagery.
His wife was the cousin of Carl Maria von Weber. Their fathers were half-brothers.
Spoke 15 languages: German, French, Italian, Spanish, English, Turkish, Russian, Bohemian (Czech), Polish, Dutch, Latin, Ancient Greek, and Biblical Hebrew.
Could play the piano backward while lying on his back along the bench. He could also play the music itself backward from memory, as could Beethoven and Bach.
Was one of the greatest violinists in the world during his prime.

Personal Quotes (4)

[on his prolific compositions] I write as a sow piddles.
As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling! And I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.
People are wrong who think my art comes easily to me. I assure you, nobody has devoted so much time and thought to composition as I.
Sweetheart, if I wrote you all the things I'm doing with your picture, you'd laugh.

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