Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Facts For Kids
Learn about a prolific and influential classical composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. One of the most famous composers of symphonies, concerto, operas music. Find out more about Mozart biography, songs, and compositions. Music facts
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Facts For Kids
In 2002, on the one-year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, choirs around the world sang Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor for 24 hours in a global effort to honor those who died.
By the age of 3, Mozart had learned to play a clavier, which was an old-fashioned stringed instrument that had a keyboard. By the age of 5, he was playing the harpsichord and violin as well as a professional. He was playing in front of royalty when he was just 6 years old. Mozart was a rare musical genius.
Mozart could write music before he could write words.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Facts
Mozart wrote half the number of total symphonies he would create between the ages of 8 and 19.
Mozart’s nickname was “Wolfie.”
Rocker Eddie Van Halen named his son “Wolfgang van Halen” in honor of Mozart.
Ludwig von Köchel (1800–1877) produced the first scholarly catalog of the works of Mozart.
Mozart composed his last symphony (no. 41) in 1788. It is known as the “Jupiter” symphony.
In the largest-ever recording project devoted to a single composure, Philips Classic produced 180 compact discs in 1991 containing the complete set of authenticated works by Mozart. It comprises over 200 hours of music and would take over 6.5 feet of shelving.
The soundtrack to the1984 film Amadeus made it to #56 on the Billboard album charts, making it one of the most successful classical music albums ever.
Composer Gustav Mahler’s (1860–1911) last word before he died was “Mozart.”
Wolfgang Mozart was baptized Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart.
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Mozart could listen to music just once and then write it down from memory without any mistakes.
The only country that begins with the same first three letters at Mozart is Mozambique.
One anagram of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is “A famous German waltz god.”
Mozart’s sister Maria Anna (1751–1829) was a talented pianist, but after she reached marriageable age, she was not allowed to perform in public. In contrast to Mozart, who disobeyed his father’s wishes about his career and marriage, Maria Anna was very obedient to her father.
Mozart was a master of every type of music he wrote. He was a child star, one of the greatest pianists of his generation, and the most well known composer in Europe by the age of 20. However, even with all this, he spent most of his life searching for a job.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) died in his 36th year, at the peak of his musical power without any money.
Mozart wrote more music in his short career than many other composers who lived much longer.
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Mozart’s father, Leopold, described Mozart’s birth as a “miracle from God” because he seemed too small and weak to survive.
Wolfgang Mozart’s second name, Theophilus, means “loved by God” in Greek. He liked to use the Latin translation, “Amadeus.”
Mozart, his father, and his sister traveled around the noble courts of Europe to perform music. Travel was difficult in those days, and all three Mozarts suffered serious illnesses on the road. Wolfgang never grew to be a strong man, and researchers believe his many illnesses as a child left him small, pale, and delicate.
The music Mozart played as a child was called the “gallant style,” which was a part of a larger artistic movement known as Rococo. It was noted for its more jocular, florid, and playful style. Mozart would later move away from the gallant style to become an archetype of the classical style.
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