Every music student is at least familiar with a few works composed by the gifted, multi-talented musician that is Mozart. The great musician’s life is filled with fun facts, and his legacy is a prominent part of western history.
Here are 15 fun facts about Mozart that you might not have known about this musical genius!
- Mozart’s full name was Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart.
- He was writing his own compositions by the age of 6.
- In 1770, Mozart wrote his first opera known as the Mitridate Re di Ponto when he was just 14 years old.
- Leopold, Mozart’s father, was also a musician. He played a large role in successfully showing off Mozart to a wide European audience. He wrote pieces including the Toy Symphony and Trumpet Concerto.
- In 1782, Mozart married Constanze Weber and had six children. However, only 2 survived infancy.
- There are different theories that surround the death of Mozart. These include kidney failure, murder, mercury poisoning and rheumatic fever. Antonio Salieri, who was widely known as bis lifelong rival, was claimed to have poisoned Mozart. However, this was never verified.
- The film ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ features “Duettino Sull’aria’ from one of the composer’s famous operas known as ‘The Marriage of Figaro’.
- The last opera composed by Mozart was The Magic Flute. It was premiered roughly 3 months before he died.
- A Mozart statue, which is three meters in height, stands in Salzburg, Austria (his birthplace). The monument was unveiled in 1842 in the presence of Mozart’s sons.
- A Little Night Music’ is also known as Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major and was written by Mozart in 1787.
- All the church bells located in Salzburg were simultaneously rung at the exact hours of Mozart’s birth in honour of his 250th birthday.
- There was a huge surge in his reputation after his death on the 20th November 1791.
- Franz Joseph Haydn, who was Mozart’s mentor, told the composer’s father that Mozart was the greatest composer known to him by person and repute.
- Catalogued in the “Kochel” were numbered in the order they were composed, Mozart composed over 600 works. K 1-5, his earliest works, continued onto his unfinished Requiem, K. 626.
- He was on the path to personal recovery until his illness struck during his last year of life.
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