Facts about Mozart
"People are wrong who think my art comes easily to me. I assure you, nobody has devoted so much time and thought to composition as I."
January 27, 1756
Started composing at the age of 5 and symphonies at 9.
He learned to play the piano and violin at an early age.
Mozart's career in Vienna began promisingly, and he was soon commissioned to write The Abduction from the Seraglio (1782).
Franz Josef Haydn
Johann Christian Bach
Father. Mentor. Inspiration.
Dear Friend. Inspiration.
violinist and a music teacher who gave him encouragement to be musically-inclined
influenced the concerto style of Mozart
valued his opinions and was highly influenced by him
Mozart poorly managed their finances
Mother travelled with Mozart to France, where he composed the Paris Symphony (1778) but he was unable to find a permanent position.
Death of his mother
Spent last part of his life in poverty.
His death gave rise to false rumors of poisoning, is thought to have resulted from rheumatic fever, a disease which he had suffered from repeatedly through his life.
Died at age 35.
After a cheap funeral at Saint Stephen's Cathedral, he was buried in an unmarked grave at the cemetery of Saint Marx, a Viennese suburb.
Much has been made of this, but at that time such burial was legally required for all Viennese except those of noble or aristocratic birth.
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