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Biography of Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


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Mozart, Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Amadeus. German composer. Born in Salzburg in 1756. Composed some pieces at the age of five, when he was taken to Munich, and performed with his sister before the elector of Bavaria. In 1763 the children went on a tour to all the principal German towns, as well as Brussels and Paris, and in April, 1764, gave concerts in London. On his return to Salzburg in 1769, Mozart became director of the archbishop's concerts. Soon after made a tour in Italy, after his return from which, in 1781, he settled in Vienna. Here, in his 25th year, he wrote "Idomeneo," on the occasion of the first rejection of his suit to Constance Weber, whom Mozart married in 1782. "L'Enlevement du Serail" was composed in 1782, "Nozze di Figaro" in 1786, "Don Giovanni" in 1787, "Die Zauberflote" and "La Clemenza di Tito" in 1791, and the "Requiem" on his death-bed, in addition to which he produced many masses, symphonies, concertos, etc. Mozart died in 1791.