His operas, especially his later efforts, are brilliant examples of high art, as are many of his piano concertos and later symphonies.
Mozart's birthplace at Getreidegasse 9, Salzburg Early life See also: His elder sister was Maria Anna Mozart —nicknamed "Nannerl". Mozart was baptized the day after his birth, at St.
Rupert's Cathedral in Salzburg. Leopold Mozart, a native of Augsburg Germany, was a minor composer and an experienced teacher. Inhe was appointed as fourth violinist in the musical establishment of Count Leopold Anton von Firmianthe ruling Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg.
Leopold became the orchestra's deputy Kapellmeister in Years later, after her brother's death, she reminisced: He often spent much time at the clavierpicking out thirds, which he was ever striking, and his pleasure showed that it sounded good In the fourth year of his age his father, for a game as it were, began to teach him a few minuets and pieces at the clavier He could play it faultlessly and with the greatest delicacy, and keeping exactly in time At the age of five, he was already composing little pieces, which he played to his father who wrote them down.
Leopold, Wolfgang, and Nannerl. Watercolor by Carmontelleca. There is some scholarly debate about whether Mozart was four or five years old when he created his first musical compositions, though there is little doubt that Mozart composed his first three pieces of music within a few weeks of each other: In his early years, Wolfgang's father was his only teacher.
Along with music, he taught his children languages and academic subjects. Mozart family grand tour and Mozart in Italy While Wolfgang was young, his family made several European journeys in which he and Nannerl performed as child prodigies.
A long concert tour followed, spanning three and a half years, taking the family to the courts of Munich, MannheimParis, London,  The Hagueagain to Paris, and back home via Zurich, Donaueschingenand Munich.
A particularly important influence was Johann Christian Bachwhom he visited in London in and When he was eight years old, Mozart wrote his first symphony, most of which was probably transcribed by his father.
This tour lasted from December to March As with earlier journeys, Leopold wanted to display his son's abilities as a performer and a rapidly maturing composer.
In Rome, he heard Gregorio Allegri 's Miserere twice in performance, in the Sistine Chapeland wrote it out from memory, thus producing the first unauthorized copy of this closely guarded property of the Vatican.
This led to further opera commissions. Leopold hoped that these visits would result in a professional appointment for his son, and indeed ruling Archduke Ferdinand contemplated hiring Mozart but owing to his mother Empress Maria Theresa 's reluctance to employ "useless people", the matter was dropped [d] and Leopold's hopes were never realized.
Employment at the Salzburg court Tanzmeisterhaus, Salzburg, Mozart family residence from ; reconstructed After finally returning with his father from Italy on 13 MarchMozart was employed as a court musician by the ruler of Salzburg, Prince-Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo. The composer had a great number of friends and admirers in Salzburg  and had the opportunity to work in many genres, including symphonies, sonatas, string quartets, massesserenades, and a few minor operas.
Between April and DecemberMozart developed an enthusiasm for violin concertos, producing a series of five the only ones he ever wrotewhich steadily increased in their musical sophistication.
The last three— K. One reason was his low salary, florins a year;  Mozart longed to compose operas, and Salzburg provided only rare occasions for these. The situation worsened in when the court theater was closed, especially since the other theater in Salzburg was largely reserved for visiting troupes.
Mozart and his father visited Vienna from 14 July to 26 Septemberand Munich from 6 December to March Neither visit was successful, though the Munich journey resulted in a popular success with the premiere of Mozart's opera La finta giardiniera.
The painting is a copy of a work now lost. He also fell in love with Aloysia Weberone of four daughters of a musical family. There were prospects of employment in Mannheim, but they came to nothing,  and Mozart left for Paris on 14 March  to continue his search.
One of his letters from Paris hints at a possible post as an organist at Versaillesbut Mozart was not interested in such an appointment. The annual salary was florins,  but he was reluctant to accept.
After leaving Paris in September for Strasbourg, he lingered in Mannheim and Munich, still hoping to obtain an appointment outside Salzburg. In Munich, he again encountered Aloysia, now a very successful singer, but she was no longer interested in him.These are lesser known pieces of Mozart comprising mainly of etudes and unfinished compositions that were rounded off after Mozart's death.
Although these pieces are by no means masterpieces, under the wonderful hands of Staier they are given resonance and meaning that confirm the great powers of Mozart . Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart raised the symphony to heights that in many respects remain unsurpassed.
Of his odd symphonies, produced between and , the earliest ones are conventional but precocious, reflecting influences of Johann Christian Bach, .
This excellent set probably has more of Mozart's String Quartet music than you'll probably ever need. In addition to the early music for SQ that Mozart started composing at a very early age, this set offers a SQ version of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik as well as Mozart's transcriptions of some of Bach's Preludes and Fugues from the WTC, as well as Mozart's own Adagio and Fugue, K.
Child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, , in Salzburg, Austria. His father, Leopold Mozart, a noted composer, instructor, and the author of famous writings on violin playing, was then in the service of the archbishop of alphabetnyc.com: Dec 05, The Classical Period Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Born: Salzburg, January 27, Died: Vienna, December 5, At the age of four he could learn a piece of music in half an hour.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote 23 original concertos for piano and alphabetnyc.com works, many of which Mozart composed for himself to play in the Vienna concert series of –86, held special importance for him.