Mozart's Hometown (08:41)
Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart was born in Salzburg in January 1756. His father Leopold, was deputy music director and an accomplished musician. The street where Mozart's family lived is now an important tourist destination.
Mozart's Talent (09:25)
Mozart was homeschooled by his father and displayed musical talent by age four. Mozart and his sister went on a European tour, performing for royalty. At eight, Mozart composed his first symphony and befriended Johann Christian Bach; he toured regularly into his teens.
Mozart's Salzburg Problems (09:46)
Mozart and Leopold held positions in Prince Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo’s court. Mozart's relationship with his employer was contentious. While on tour with his mother in Paris, Mozart's mother died; Leopold blamed him.
Mozart in Vienna (05:10)
In 1781, Mozart was discharged from Colloredo’s court, making Vienna his home and becoming a freelance musician. He fell in love with Constanze Weberand they married at Saint Stephen’s Cathedral. Mozart continued prolific writing, composing his "Linz Symphony" in four days.
Mozart's Second Home (07:02)
In 1784, Mozart wrote many masterpieces of Western Civilization. The building where he composed "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Don Giovanni" is now a museum. Although successful in Vienna, operas written in collaboration with Pierre Caron de Beaumarchais were less popular with nobility.
Mozart's Truest Fans (04:30)
"The Marriage of Figaro" and "Cosi Fan Tutti" premiered in Vienna, but were loved in Prague, where Mozart chose to debut "Don Giovanni" at the Estates Theater. The city celebrated his talent.
Mozart's Final Years (07:19)
Mozart experienced financial problems but continued to write notable works. In 1791, the economy improved, and he composed more masterpieces, including "The Magic Flute." Mozart died at age 35 and was buried in a commoner’s grave; his memorial was moved to Vienna Central Cemetery in 1891.
Credits: W. A. Mozart (01:01)
Credits: W. A. Mozart
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