Ask your child to name a famous composer and chances are Mozart will most likely come out of their mouth. Mozart is a composer we spend time learning about for good reason. His body of work is a staple in music education. His operas are performed and beloved to this day. Today, however, we are going to take a closer look at the life of Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart- the musician, the composer, the child prodigy.

Composer Spotlight: Mozart

Ask your child to name a famous composer and chances are Mozart will most likely come out of their mouth. Mozart is a composer we spend time learning about for good reason. His body of work is a staple in music education. His operas are performed and beloved to this day. Today, however, we are going to take a closer look at the life of Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart- the musician, the composer, the child prodigy.

Born in January of 1756, Mozart spent his childhood in Salzburg, Austria. Mozart had one surviving sibling, his older sister Anna Maria, and grew up in a musical household. His father, Leopold, was a composer, teacher and chapel master in Salzburg. Surprisingly, Leopold was Mozart’s only teacher during his childhood and taught him his first pieces (minuets) at age 4! Hailed by many as a prodigy, Mozart began composing music at age 5 and spent much of his childhood traveling and performing in Europe with his sister.

After his extensive travels, when Mozart was 17, he was appointed to the royal court in Salzburg. It was during this time he wrote 5 violin concertos and piano concertos and his first opera “La Fina Giardiniera”. In his 20s, Mozart took the position of court organist and concertmaster in Salzburg. His tenure there was brief, however, ending after a quarrel in 1781. After leaving his job in Salzburg, Mozart moved to Vienna where he worked as a freelance pianist and composer. It was here, in 1782, where he met his future wife Constanze, as well as his lifelong friend, Haydn, to whom he dedicated six quartets.

Many of  Mozart’s more famous operas and compositions were written during the years of 1786-1791. At the premiere of his opera, “Opera la Clemenza di Tito” in 1791, Mozart fell ill. While he continued to work, Mozart’s health declined steadily until his death in December. His cause of death is still a mystery with 118 probable causes cited.

While Mozart only lived 35 years, he left a powerful legacy. Mozart composed more than 600 works that are still taught, analyzed and performed today. His unparalleled success across multiple genres; symphonies, concertos, operas, chamber music and solo piano works earn him the title of one of the greatest musicians and composers of all time.

If you want to read more about Mozart’s life, check out this website! and if you are looking to bring some Mozart  into your child’s life, contact us!

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