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Friday, January 27, 2017

Mozart and His Life

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. He was the youngest of seven children, five of whom died during infancy. In Mozart's early years, his father was his only music teacher.  Mozart and his family traveled to several European cities where he and his eldest sister, Maria, performed as child prodigies. In December 1769, Mozart and his father went to Italy until March 1771, leaving his mother and sister at home. Toward the end of the final trip to Italy, Mozart wrote the first of his works, which is still performed today.

One of the many well known facts about Mozart is that his father abused him, but this is not proven. It is said that Mozart's father robbed him of a normal childhood and prohibited his son of marriage. Even though his father didn't give his consent for his son's marriage, he took interest in the third Weber daughter, Constanze. He courted her, but the relationship had some problems. When they wanted to get married, it was difficult for Mozart to get his father's permission. They were married on August 4, 1782, the day before his father gave his permission. They had six children, but only two had survived infancy.

Throughout his life he had written over 600 songs, he was a multi-instrumentalist, he wrote operas, symphonies, and much more. On September 6, 1791 Mozart fell ill while in Prague. Though he was ill, Mozart was set on completing his Requiem. He died in his home in Vienna on December 5, 1791 at the age of 35. After 261 years, "Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart continues to inspire composers all over the world and he will remain one of the most revolutionary musicians for years to come."

Written by: Sophia and Nicole

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