Mozart Facts: Rock Me Amadeus!

mozart factsAustrian wunderkind Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is considered to be one of the greatest composers of all times, which is all the more impressive, considering his contemporaries during the Classical Period (1730-1820) included Beethoven, Bach, Hayden, Brahms, Chopin, and many other legendary composers. Beginning his career at a very young age, Wolfgang was able to fit a lot of music into his brief 35 year on Earth. Today, we are discussing some of the more interesting facts about Mr. Mozart’s life. If you’d like to learn more about classical music, this course on the history of classical music offers a pretty in-depth overview of this challenging and rewarding music.

Fun Facts About Mozart

Luckily, a lot is known about the life of Mozart, and his life was widely documented being that he was famous from an early age. These interesting tidbits cover his entire life, and just might make you want to turn on one of his beautiful operas after reading.

  • Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, on January 27, 1756, and his full name was Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgang Theophillus Gottlieb Sigismundus Mozart, but his family just called him “Wolferi”.
  • Mozart got off to an early start in music, and could write music before he could write words. By the age of 6 he had begun writing musical compositions, with his first opera coming at age 14, and his first great mass at age 12.
  • By the age of five, he was able to play the violin and keyboard instruments, which at the time included the harpsichord and clavier. It is also said that he could play the organ, the viola, the trumpet, and even the clarinet. If you’re interested in learning how to play the piano, check out this course on the fastest way to play piano which will have you playing songs after your first day.
  • He was able to write out entire scores, and play entire pieces of music after only hearing them once.
  • In addition to his musical proclivities, he was also a math whiz, and was a natural at languages, particularly Italian. If you’d like to model your life after Wolfie and learn Italian just like he did, this course on speaking Italian like an Italian will have you speaking the language in three hours.
  • In 1784, at the age of 28, Mozart joined the Freemasons.
  • Mozart was once Beethoven’s music teacher. In April of 1787, 16-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven came to Vienna, where Mozart was living at the time, and studied under Mozart for two weeks.
  • At 17, Mozart had moved to Vienna because he had been appointed by the king to play in the royal court.
  • Wolfie was a short guy, measuring about 5′ 4”.
  • There is a deformity of the ear called “Mozart Ear” which is a congenital issue resulting in bulging parts of the ear. In all pictures of Mozart, his left ear is either hidden or covered, leading many to believe he had the self-titled affliction, but, in fact, no one knows for sure if he actually suffered from it.
  • At the age of 14, Pope Clement XIV made Mozart, a Knight of the Order of the Golden Spur, which was a Papal Order of Chivalry conferred upon those whose services helped to bring honor to the Catholic faith.
  • In 1782, Mozart married Constanze Weber, and had only two children that survived birth. Their courtship was tumultuous, but survived in the face of jealousy and disapproving parents.
  • Mozart was fantastically prolific, having authored more than 600 musical works, including: 50 symphonies (33 were written between the ages of 8 and 19), 25 piano concertos, 12 violin concertos, 27 concert arias, 26 string quartets, 103 minuets, 15 masses, and 21 operas.
  • Though Mozart was greatly admired during his time and paid handsomely for his musical output, unfortunately he was a big spender, and was broke by the time he died.
  • It is widely assumed that Mozart died of kidney failure, on December 5, 1791, but other illnesses have been posited as potential causes, including trichinosis, influenza, mercury poisoning, and rheumatic fever, among others. Despite his high regard in his own time, he was buried in a common grave in Vienna, whose current whereabouts are unknown.

Hopefully we were able to quench your desire to learn more about this legendary Austrian musical genius. Luckily, due to his popularity in his own time, there’s a lot of facts about his life to paint a better picture of what this extraordinary talent was like when he roamed the Earth. If reading about him and listening to his music isn’t enough for you, and you want to visit his home and walk in his steps, this course on German for travelers and this article on preparing for international travel will leave no stone unturned in preparing for your overseas adventures.