Wolfang Amadeus Mozart

A true example of a child prodigy, Mozart could pick out tunes on the piano at the age of three, and began composing by age four. By the time he was 12, he had clocked up 10 symphonies and performed for royalty.

Mozart was born in Salzburg in 1786. His father soon understood his passion for music and his talent and made him study music seriously. At the age of six Mozart performed in front of the public for the first time. He became famous and he was invited to Maria Theresa’s court in Vienna where he met Marie Antoinette, the future queen of France. In 1974 Mozart and his family moved to London where Mozart met Bach and began composing comic opera and singspiel, typical of German culture. From 1769 to 1772 he was in Italy and people loved his performances.

When he came back to Salzburg Mozart was employed as a court musician by the ruler of Salzburg, Prince-Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo, but the musician felt unsatisfied because he wasn’t free to work as he wanted and he understood that Salzburg was too small to satisfy his needs and aspirations. In 1781, Mozart moved to Vienna, he got married to Costanza Weber and the couple had 5 children. In Vienna he composed his most important compositions: “Le Nozze di Figaro” and the “Don Giovanni”. He became very famous but he was not well paid so he was forced to work a lot and in 1791 he died in poverty, just a few months later after composing “The Magic Flute” and starting “The Requiem” that was not completed.

Mozart used a musical language common to the composers of his time, but he managed to blend all experiences in an extraordinary way, achieving a personal style capable of expressing his feelings in a linear and balanced way.

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Sara Miceli

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II B – Furci Siculo

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