His father, Leopold, was a very good
musician and composer and worked
for the ruler of Salzburg, the
His mother had seven children, but only
two survived, Mozart and his sister
When his sister
Nannerl was seven
and Wolferl was
her to play the
Started composing at the age
of 5 and symphonies at 9.
He learned to play the piano
and violin at an early age.
He was too little to play the violin, (or so
his dad thought) but they got him a
little violin, just like Papa's, only
smaller. One day, Papa came home with
two friends. Wolfang came into the
drawing room with his little violin and
asked if he could play. His father
refused, until a friend of his father’s
said he could play with him. They all
started playing, then everyone stopped
and watched Mozart play the violin part
all by himself – without any lessons!
One of his
Twinkle Twinkle Little
• Mozart and his family travelled to
Munich, París, London, etc, and he gave a
lot of concerts for some kings and
• When he was 17 years old he worked in
the Salzburg’s court.
• Later he left his job and travelled with his
mother to look for a new job.
sister, performed series of
concerts to Europe’s courts
and major cities.
In Paris, the young Mozart
published his first works,
four sonatas for clavier with
accompanying violin (1764).
In 1768, he composed his first
opera, La Finta Semplice.
This first Italian trip
culminated in a new opera,
Mitridate, re di Ponto,
composed for Milan.
In two further Italian journeys
he wrote two more operas for
Milan, Ascanio in Alba (1771)
and Lucio Silla (1772).
Mozart's career in Vienna
began promisingly, and he was
soon commissioned to write
The Abduction from the
Greatest success was Le Nozze di
Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
(1786), composed for the Vienna
For all his triumphs..
Father. Mentor. Inspiration.
Johann Christian Bach
Franz Josef Haydn
Dear Friend. Inspiration.
violinist and a music teacher who influenced the concerto
gave him encouragement to be style of Mozart
valued his opinions and was
highly influenced by him
• After that, he fell in love with
Aloysia Weber but he
Weber, her sister, in 1782.
They got married in Viena
and they had six children.
Death of his
His death gave rise to false
rumors of poisoning, is
thought to have resulted
from rheumatic fever, a
disease which he had
suffered from repeatedly
through his life.
After a cheap funeral at
Cathedral, he was buried in
an unmarked grave at the
cemetery of Saint Marx, a
Much has been made of this, but at that time
such burial was legally required for all Viennese
except those of noble or aristocratic birth.
When he was six, Mozart wrote a concerto, a difficult musical form
even for an experienced grown- up to write!
They often played for important people who would pay them with gifts
instead of money. Making enough money was always difficult for the
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