Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1756 - 1791
Born in Salzburg, Austria, Mozart was a child prodigy and made his
first professional tour (as a pianist) through Europe when
he was six.
After some years in Salzburg as Konzertmeister to the archbishop, he resigned and settled in Vienna where he was appointed court composer to emperor Joseph II in 1787.
Mozart was a prolific composer writing masterpieces in every branch of music, including his operas 'The Marriage of Figaro', 'Don Giovanni', 'The Abduction from the Harem', 'Cosi fan tutte' and 'The Magic Flute'.
His mastery of instrumental and vocal forms, from symphony to concerto and opera, was unrivalled in his own time and perhaps in any other.
In writing the Requiem Mass commissioned for Count Walsegg, he felt he was writing his own requiem; he died before it was finished.
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