WEFOUNDLife of Mozart: Volume 1 (Cambridge Library Collection - Music)

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ( / ˈ w ʊ l f ɡ æ ŋ æ m ə ˈ d eɪ ə s ˈ m oʊ t s ɑːr t / MOHT -sart ; [1] German: [ˈvɔlfɡaŋ amaˈdeːʊs ˈmoːtsaʁt] ; 27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart , [2] was a prolific and influential composer of the classical era .

He composed more than 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic , concertante , chamber , operatic , and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence is profound on subsequent Western art music. Ludwig van Beethoven composed his own early works in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote: "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years". [3]

Leopold Mozart, a native of Augsburg , [7] Germany, was a minor composer and an experienced teacher. In 1743, he was appointed as fourth violinist in the musical establishment of Count Leopold Anton von Firmian , the ruling Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg . [8] Four years later, he married Anna Maria in Salzburg. Leopold became the orchestra's deputy Kapellmeister in 1763. During the year of his son's birth, Leopold published a violin textbook, Versuch einer gründlichen Violinschule , which achieved success. [9]