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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian
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A posthumous oil painting of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by Barbara Kraft hangs in the Picture Gallery of the Musical Society in Vienna. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers. Mozart was a child prodigy competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, he was engaged as a court musician in Salzburg, but while visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of Mozart's death. The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized. He was survived by his wife Constanze and two sons.
March 14th, 2013
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