Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on this day, the 27th January, in 1756. Whether you listen to classical music or not you´re probably familiar with his name and his story. Mozart was the most famous child prodigy, composer and performer in musical history and his work is still played, performed and recorded today. Mozart began touring Europe at the age of six, and published his first work, four piano sonatas, before his tenth birthday. He was only thirty when his famous opera The Marriage of Figaro debuted, but despite his genious his decadent rock-star-like lifestyle plunged him into debt, and illness. He died on 5 December 1791 and was buried in an unmarked grave aged only thirty-five.
In his life he composed over 600 works, including 21 for stage and opera, 15 masses, 41 symphonies, 25 piano concertos, 12 violin concertos, 27 concert arias, 17 piano sonatas and 26 string quartets.
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