Austria takes pride in being the home of classical music. It owes this international recognition to a musical legend in the person of talented composer and musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In fact, Austria’s capital of Vienna is often associated with Mozart.
Mozart is synonymous to Viennese music specifically classical music. It is because the composer became well known for his works during the Classical era. Having completed more than 600 musical compositions, Mozart was considered an influential figure in Viennese music. Eventually, his music spread to other parts of the world and up until today is still appreciated by people of varied nationalities who love the classical music.
Born in Salzburg, Austria, Mozart showed his musical talent at a very early age. At 5 years old, he was already playing the keyboard and violin, was composing his own music and performing before royal families in Europe. By age 17, he was serving as a court musician in Salzburg but was continuously composing. At age 25, he moved to Vienna where he achieved fame and spent the rest of his life. In Vienna, he was for the most part a freelance performer and composer. You can visit the Mozarthaus, Mozart’s home in Vienna.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart married Constanze in August 1782 and they had six children. Despite his fame, the Austrian composer did not lead a fortunate life. He began to suffer financial distress during the war and traveled often to find money making opportunities.
It was during his final years that Mozart was able to compose his most famous symphonies, concertos and operas including the Requiem. Some of the well known works he completed were The Magic Flute, the Clarinet Concerto and the Ave verum corpus. He finally finished his Requiem when he was already terminally ill and bedridden. He died at the young age of 35.
Thanks to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vienna and classical music have carved a niche in the world.