This Sunday marks 263 years since the birth of the prodigious and iconic composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Having created a massive body of 600 musical works in his 35 years of existence, he has influenced other maestros such as Tchaikovsky and Beethoven, and continues to be a source of inspiration to many, from film directors to computer scientists. Spanning every form and style of his time, Mozart's music has redefined numerous types of composition, from symphonies and chamber music for string quartets, to sonatas for the piano and church music. In trying to explain why the composer’s work was revolutionary, writer Arthur Miller said “Mozart is happiness before it has gotten defined.”
To praise the undeniable and enduring legacy that the Austrian composer left to posterity, we have created the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Timeline, which overviews his life, including the premiere dates of his most important works.
Born as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart in Salzburg, he displayed a prodigious talent at the early age of 4 when he learned how to play the keyboard, one year later already composing his own little musical pieces. This tremendous ability led to his father taking him in several European journeys to perform as a child prodigy. By the age of 20, when he was contracted as a musician at the Salzburg court, Mozart had already given countless acclaimed performances in Munich, Paris, London, The Hague, Milan and other cities.
Despite being employed as court musician in his hometown, young Mozart was discontent and hoped to find a position elsewhere, which determined him to resign in 1777 and venture to a series of cities in search of employment. Unfortunately, none of these attempts materialized into long-term commitments. In 1781, however, things would change for him when, after the successful premiere of his opera Idomeneo in Munich, he was summoned to Vienna. Settling in Europe’s then culture capital, he would establish himself as a virtuoso and reach the pinnacle of his creation, profoundly influencing the subsequent Western art music and earning the reputation of one of the greatest people of the millenium.
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