Mozart spent the better part of his first 20 years
touring. Played for the royalty in Germany, France, England and
Italy. Mozart's experiences from these countries was absorbed
in his music and in doing so, has composed many brillant masterworks.
Mozart would often carry on a conversation while writing out his
music, making composition seem effortless. In fact, he once wrote
that "I continue to compose because that fatigues me less
Mozart was often broke, and a frequent borrower,
despite his many performances and compositions. Mozart dies on
December 5, 1791, in Vienna following a protracted illness (probably
a chronic kidney disease that brought on uremia, but Mozart suspected
he had been poisioned). Though his opera, The Magic Flute
was wildly successful at the time, Mozart himself was penniless,
and his body was buried in an unmarked grave.
In the 35 years of his life, Mozart composed more
than 600 pieces. He revolutionized opera and wrote 41 symphonies.
He composed 27 piano concertos and was the first composer to place
the piano on a equal footing with the orchestra. Yet, despite
his vast knowledge and skill, Mozart remains one of the most accessible
of all European composers, an artise whose music can be appreciated
by small children and studied musicians alike.
Adapted from : The Masterpiece Collection - MOZART, Copyright
Digital Recordings, Regency Music U.S.A.