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Amazing Kids! from History – Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: an Amazing Kid! from History

By Ryan Traynor, age 11, California

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is known as one of the most famous and influential composers in history. He composed over 600 pieces of music in the areas of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic and choral music. He is considered one of most well-known classical composers of all time.

Mozart was born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, part of the Bavarian Circle in the Holy Roman Empire (now Austria). His father was a minor composer and teacher. Even at the age of three, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart showed talent. After listening to his sister’s music lessons in the other room, he would copy the pieces immediately. By the age of five, he was already very good at the piano and violin. He composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17 he was hired as a court musician in Salzburg. He traveled in search of better positions while composing more music. He moved permanently to Vienna, where he achieved fame, but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of Mozart’s death. He was married with two sons. The exact reason for his death is still unknown.

Mozart’s talent was both natural and learned. He went to others to be taught everything he could. He learned how to show both the light and dark within his music. He influenced many other famous musician’s work including Beethoven and Joseph Haydn. Joseph Haydn wrote that “posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years.” Many would say today that we have not seen such a talent even to today. Mozart shows us how identifying your talents and your passion early, working hard, and developing those talents can lead to making a significant impact on the world. He is an amazing kid from history.

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  1. Zoey Elizabeth /

    Good job! You did a great job explaining and he died of Rheumatic Fever.

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