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Wolfgang Amadeus MozartMozart was one of the if not the most important composers of the Classical era His accomplishments in musical composition were outstanding against the others of his time He was a child prodigy finishing his first opera at the age of twelve and in his later life went on to even more amazing things Though we always hear of Mozarts wonderful achievments we hardly ever hear about the hard later life of alcohal abuse and horrible misfortune with children he had which ended in his mysterious death at a very young age Mozart was for the lack of a better word amazing and his musical styles and compositions can still be heard today and enjoyed as much as they were 200 years agoWolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg Austria the son of Leopold Kapellmeister to the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg By the age of three he could play the piano and he was composing by the time he was five Mozarts older sister Maria Anna best known as Nannerl was also a gifted keyboard player and in 1762 their father took the two prodigies on a short performing tour of the courts at Vienna and Munich Encouraged by their warm reception they embarked the next year on a longer tour including two weeks at Versailles where the children enchanted King Louis XV From that time on young Mozart was constantly performing and writing music Wherever he appeared people were in awe of his magnificent talents By his early teens he had mastered the piano violin and harpsichord and was writing keyboard pieces oratorios symphonies and operas In 1764 Mozart Leopold and Nannerl arrived in London Here Mozart wrote his first three symphonies under the influence of Johann Christian Bach youngest son of Johann Sebastian who lived in the city After their return to Salzburg there followed three trips to Italy between 1769 and 1773 Mozart s first major opera Mitridate
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