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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, where his father Leopold was a violinist and composer. Wolfgang (or Wolferl, as his family called him) was a child prodigy. He composed his first piece of music at age five; he had his first piece published when he was seven; and he wrote his first opera when he was twelve. By the time Wolfgang was 6, he was an excellent pianist and violinist. He and his sister Maria Anna (known as Nannerl) traveled all over Europe performing for royalty. When he grew up, Mozart moved to Vienna, and tried to earn a living as a pianist and composer. But he had a lot of trouble handling the fact that he was no longer a child prodigy. Mozart was still a musical genius, but after he stopped being a cute kid, people stopped making a big fuss over him. Back then, musicians were treated like servants, but Mozart did not, and could not think of himself as a servant.


1756 – Birth1761 – Writes first compositions (at 5 years old).1762 – Performs for the Empress Maria Teresa of Austria.1769 – First concertmaster position for the Archbishop of Salzburg’s court orchestra1781 – Becomes a freelance pianist/teacher/composer in Vienna.1782 – Marries Constanze Weber; together they will raise two children.1783-91 – Established in Vienna as a very popular (and busy) musician/composer.1791 – Dies before completing his Requiem Mass

Mozart was only 35 when he died. During his short life, he composed in all different musical forms, including operas, symphonies, concertos, masses, and chamber music. Today, he is still considered a genius!

Audio of "Sull'Aria"


"The Biography of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart." Classics for Kids. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Aug. 2014. Grout, Donald Jay. A History of Western Music. New York: Norton, 1960. Print.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart



Listen to one of Mozart's famous piano sonatas: Ah, vous dirae-je maman."

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Sull'Aria is a famous duet from Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro". Click to listen to Mrs. Rowley sing it!


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