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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is acknowledged as the greatest natural genius of music Robert Schumann wrote There are things in the world about which nothing can be said as Mozarts C Major Symphony much of Shakespeare and pages of Beethoven Goulding 1992 p 115 Tchaikovsky called Mozart the music Christ Goulding 1992 p 116 Mozart was born in Salzburg Austria on January 27 1756 His full christened name was Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart He commonly called himself Wolfgang Amade or Wolfgang Gottliet His father Leopold was a composer author and a great violinist in the Archbishop of the Holy Roman Empires orchestra He taught him to play the piano at the age of four By the time Mozart was six he was a skilled musician Mozart never had an ordinary childhood He didnt attend school as most of us would today but instead his father taught them at home He is said to have been very good at mathematics and he could also speak seven different languages He was lucky enough to visit Vienna in 1762 Paris in 1763 London in 1764 and Italy in 1769 at the age of thirteen TopBiographycom 2001 As a young child in Rome he wrote out the entire score of a nine-voice religious work after hearing it only twice He wrote his first symphony at the age of eight his first oratorio at eleven and his first opera at the age of twelve When he was fourteen he conducted twenty performances of that opera He was a recognizable person The Pope decorated him and Empress Maria Theresa took note of him TopBiographycom 2001 When he was fifteen he entered the service of the Archbishop in Salzburg in a minor capacity and kept that job for about ten years only leaving it to travel During this time Mozart worked for pennies as a court musician and composer in the Archbishops small orchestra
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