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Mozart and his Opera writing Considered one of the greatest musicians to have lived during the classical period in musical history Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg Austria Jan 27 1756 the son of Leopold Mozart and his wife Anna Maria Pertl Wolfgang came from a family that was saturated with musical talent His father Leopold was a successful composer and violinist and assistant concertmaster at the Salzburg court He had an older sister Maria Anna who played the keyboard and toured with Wolfgang Mozart composed a variety of works and but among his most acclaimed works are the operas Don Giovanni The Magic Flute and The Marriage Figaro Mozart may be considered the most acclaimed opera writers and one should recognize this over any other fact about Mozart Wolfgang showed incredible musical talent at a very early age composing when he was five and when he was six playing for the Austrian empress He was a child prodigy and his father Leopold felt that it would be in the best interest for Wolfgang to showoff his talent so when he was six the family embarked on a series of concert tours through Europes courts and major cities Mozart amazed his audiences with his skills he played to the French and English royal families and had his first music published in Paris where he wrote his earliest symphonies The first works of young Mozart that were published were four sonatas written in 1764 The Mozart family continued to tour and while in Vienna in 1768 Wolfgang composed his first opera La Finta Semplice but it was not performed because of skepticism and indifferences it was first presented a year later at Salzburg According to Leopold it was the Emperor Joseph II who asked the boy twice whether he would like to compose an opera and conduct it himself Wolfgang Leopold reported said yes Boerner The setting of the opera takes place in at
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