Walking In Mozart’s Footsteps. Mozart’s Birth. Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. Mozart’s Family. Wolfgang’s father was named Leopold. Leopold was a musician for the archbishop of Salzburg.
Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart
was born on January 27, 1756
in Salzburg, Austria.
Wolfgang’s father was named Leopold.
Leopold was a musician
for the archbishop
Maria Anna but was called Nannerl.
Nannerl was five years older than Wolfgang.
Austria is located in central Europe.
Getreidegasse, a major shopping
street in Salzburg.
Leopold began to teach
Wolfgang music. Both
Wolfgang and Nannerl
Because Nannerl and Wolfgang were such talented young musicians, the Mozart family traveled all over Europe to play for wealthy kings, queens, and other important people.
They lived before there were cars, trains, and planes so they had to travel by carriage.
In 1764 the Mozart family first visited Paris. Wolfgang was 8 years old. The family stayed in Paris nearly two months.
Wolfgang and his mother returned
to Paris in 1778.
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May 1, 1778
Mon Tres cher Pere!
We received your letter of April 12th safely. I did not write to
you for such a long time, because I was waiting for a letter from you; please don’t take it amiss if I let you wait once in a while with my answer, because it’s quite expensive to send a letter from here and if there’s nothing urgent to report it doesn’t make sense to pay 24 sous and sometimes even more; therefore, I thought I should wait with my letters to you until I have something new to say about our situation here; but the moment I have to write to you anyway, although there’s not much to report and what there is, is not at all definite.
Wolfgang Amade Mozart
July 3, 1778
Monsieur mon tres cher Pere!
I have to bring you some very distressing and Sad news, which is also the reason why I couldn’t reply earlier to your most recent letter, the one dated on the 11th.
My dear mother is very ill—she was bled, just as she had it done always, and it was indeed necessary; afterward she felt somewhat better—but a few days later she complained of chills but at the same time she seemed to have a burning fever—then she came down with diarrhea, headaches—in the beginning we used only our home remedies, Antispasmodic Power, we would have like to use black powder as well, but we had none left, and we couldn’t get any; it is not known here, not even under the name Pulvis epilepticus. As her condition grew steadily worse, she could hardly speak anymore and lost her hearing, one had to shout to reach her—Barom Grim sent his physician. She is very weak, still feverish, and Delirious. They are giving me hope, but I don’t have much.
Wolfgang Amade Mozart
Wolfgang’s mother had actually died the day he wrote the letter to his father telling of her illness.
He could not bring himself to tell his father that his mother had died.
He wrote another letter 6 days later to give Leopold and Nannerl the bad news.
The Mozart family went to England after their first trip to Paris in 1764.
They stayed in England for 14 months.
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Wolfgang and Leopold traveled to Italy three times starting in 1769 when Wolfgang
was just 13 years old.
They left Maria and Nannerl in
Salzburg during these journeys.
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the bottom of the
map in the center.
December 14, 1769
My dearest mama,
My heart is filled with a alott of joy because I feel so jolly on this trip, because it’s so cozy in our carriage, and because our coatchmann is such a fine fellow who drives as fast as he can when the road lets him. Papa has propably already given to mama the news of our trip, the reason I am writing is to show that I know my duty, so I remein in deepest Respekt her devoted son.
July 7, 1770
Cara sorella mia!
I was truly amazed that you can Compose so well, in one word, the song you wrote is beautiful; you should try this more often. You probably received the Menuetts by Haydn; send me the other 6 soon, please!
Farewell. Wolfgang Mozart
p.s. greetings to all good friends
Male and female
A handkis for mama
Mademoiselle. J’ai l’honneur d’etre votre tres humble serviteur, e frere.
In 1777 Wolfgang traveled to
Germany with his mother.
Wolfgang was 21 years old.
He was looking for a job during the trip,
but did not find one.
He returned to Germany in 1789 and 1790.
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January 14, 1775
Praise the Lord! My opera was performed yesterday, the 13th, and it was received so well that I can’t possibly describe to Mama all the applause. First of all, the whole theater was so crammed full that many people had to be turned away. Then, after each Aria, there was a tumultuous storm of applause and shouts of “Viva Maestro.” Her highness, the Electress, and the one who is widowed, who were both sitting vis-à-vis from me, also called out bravo to me…..
….I kiss Mama’s hands 1000 times. My greeting to all good friends. Regards to Herr Andretter, and my apologies that I haven’t answered him yet, but I had no time whatsoever, I’ll write real soon. Adieu. 1000 smacks for Bimberl.
Wolfgang visited Prague three times as an adult. Wolfgang married Constanze Weber in 1782. For the next five years, Wolfgang did not travel on any long voyages.
Constanze joined Wolfgang in 1787 for the first of three trips he would take to Prague.
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April 10, 1789
Dearest and best little wife of mine!
We arrived safely today at noon, half past one. I trust you have received my brief note from Budwitz in the meantime. Let me give you a report from Prague: we’re staying at the in The Unicorn; after I had a shave, my hair done, and gotten dressed, I drove to Herr von Canal, thinking I would have lunch with him; but as my way led by the Duscheks’ house, I stopped there to call on them—and I learned that Madame left for Dresden yesterday!!
Dearest little wife! I am so longing to hear from you—maybe I’ll find a letter from you in Dresden! Oh, dear God! Make my wish come true! After receiving this letter, you will have to write to Leipzig, poste restante, of course; adieu dearest, I must close now, otherwise I’ll miss the mail. Kiss our Karl a thousand times for me; I am, kissing you with all my heart, your ever faithful Mozart.
Vienna is the city Wolfgang and Constanze chose as their home.
Vienna was much larger than Salzburg, and there was much more opportunity for Wolfgang to work there.
Mozart lived the last ten years
of his life in Vienna.
He died on December 5, 1791.
He was buried in St. Marx Cemetery.