Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born January 27, 1756 as the seventh child of a musical family. Mozart’s mother and father’s names were Anna Maria and Leopold. Leopold was a musician with ambition while Anna Maria has a good sense of humor to balance him out. They had seven children, but only 2 lived beyond infancy (Wolfgang and his older sister Maria Anna). He was born in Salzburg, or modern day Austria. Mozart’s father was a successful violinist and renowned composer of the Salzburg court, influencing Mozart and his sister musically. Mozart was considered a child prodigy, beginning to play at the ripe age of three years old after becoming stricken with envy while watching his older sister being taught the piano. He began teaching himself, but after showing great promise with a knack for chord progressions and rhythm, he was taken by his father. Along with his older sister Maria Anna, and they would tour Europe with their father. At an early age Mozart was given lessons with his father and composed little minuets of his own. Mozart was tutored privately by his father and had pleasure in learning, but at an early age, he was disciplined. Mozart’s first composition was written in 30 minutes, and learned how to compose other types of music in the following days (a march, a trio, etc). He would keep these in a notebook and potential of being a great composer was seen at an early age by Leopold. Mozart and his sister gained fame on their tours around Europe. Mozart’s first public concert was at Linz, where he was promptly sent to Vienna because a Count and a councilor in the imperial ministry of Finance wanted to spread what they had seen. The people of Vienna waited anxiously for their arrival and after that trip, invitations to other sites “poured in”. They were rewarded with money and gifts; people would seek them to perform and we’re known as the “miracle children”. Along with the rewards also came with hard work and risks. Mozart became ill...
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