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Mozart's Music

            Born on the 27th of January of 1756 in Salzburg, Austria, Mozart was given life .
             as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart (later in life he changed it to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart). His musical ventures began during his precocious childhood. He was the son of Lepold Mozart who was a highly esteemed concertmaster, violinist and composer at the court of the Archbishop of Salzburg, and an author as well. Mozart did not attend any school, but he was given an education from his father. .
             Lepold passed all his musical traits onto his daughter Maria Anne, "Nannerl", his oldest child who was also gifted with musical talent. By the time Mozart was three, he took an interest to his sister's music lessons. This began the legacy of the "most extraordinarily gifted child in the history of music" (261, Norton). .
             Mozart was a child prodigy and Lepold did all he could to propel his son's musical talent. At such an early age, Lepold took his children on nationwide tours (most of Mozart's life was spent on traveling). They made various stops from Germany to London performing their virtuositic talents in various courts, which include the Empress Maria Theresa and the Queen of England. But Lepold was ostentatious of his child for indeed he had many reason to be. At age four, Mozart developed a powerful musical memory; at five he was already composing; at six, skilled in improvisation and instruments as the violin and organ. Before reaching adulthood, Mozart had mastered areas in sonatas, concertos, symphonies, religious works, serenades, cassations, divertimenti, and operas. His first opera being La Finta Semplice, he was scarcely 12 years old.
             His last remaining years were not spent on lavish luxuries. Mozart had to endure many difficulties and had problems maintaining financial stability. Rejected by his love, he in turn married her sister, Constanze Weber in 1782, much to Lepold's chagrin.

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