Vienna is known for its composers and lovely classical music. One composer that has helped make Vienna well-known is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Known as one of the greatest composers of all time. He was in love with this capital city and this article gives you more information on him, his life, and life in Vienna.
Mozart was born in 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. He was from a middle-class family. Mozart had another sister, but his mother had seven children, but these were the only two to live. When he was very young, his parents recognized the talent he had, immediately. He had a wonderful ear for music. When he was three years old, he played chords on the harpsichord, by four years old, he was even composing his own music. He had precise pitch memory, and by six years of age, he was performing in Vienna.
In 1767, the family went to Vienna. This was also during the smallpox epidemic. They were in Vienna 15 months and Mozart wrote a one-act piece. As a 13-year-old, Mozart had exact fluency in music and was great at imitating musical pieces. His first Italian opera was done at this age as well. After Vienna, Mozart went on tour to Italy. After he returned to Salzburg and composed eight symphonies and many other works as well.
The Viennese Time Period
When Mozart moved to Vienna, he began to flourish and become much more successful. Mozart had a five-week time span in which he was performing at 22 concerts, as well as host 5 of his own. He started keeping records of his music, which helped him keep track and be aware of his composing. During his concerts, he would always play the piano, there were always some shenanigans somewhere during the show. Mozart wrote music every day in Vienna and it became an obsession and so easy for him. As if he were a prodigy of music.
Many people became fans of Mozart and dubbed him as the greatest performer and musician of all time. Mozart was a great composer and musician, but he was also in some serious financial holes. He had serious money woes and they got worse as time progressed. Mozart had very expensive tastes, from growing up middle class as a child. He was used to getting the finer things.
The Last Stand
When Mozart went on his last tour, his debts had grown, and his finances were still out of order. It didn’t seem as if he would catch a break. Mozart had to keep his servants, own a carriage, live very well, and nothing to show for it. He began asking for loans from different people and groups. He grew into a deep depression due to the money issues. He seemed to have manic episodes and often. He would even write letters home discussing his worries. Soon after, he died of what was called “military fever.” Some say he was poisoned, but no one will ever know.