Interesting Facts About Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a composer everyone knows and loves, a man who died in his early 30s, author of 600 musical pieces lived a turbulent, exciting, and interesting life, with many ups and downs. His works are studied, performed, and celebrated to this day, and his legacy is being renewed with each new performer, who tries to experience Mozart's greatness. He lived such a short life, but could to mark his name with golden letters.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life was filled with many interesting facts. We try to mention some of them.

  • Mozart's full baptized name looks like this: Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. Johannes Chrysostmus is his saint's name, chosen after Mozart's birthday, January 27, was Saint John Chrysostom's feast day. Wolfgangus in German means running wolf, and was the name of Mozart's grandfather. Theophilus, in Greek it means loved by God. In German, it is Gottlieb, and Amadeus comes from Latin form.
  • Mozart, at the age of 3, could pick out chords by ear; at the age of four, he could play short pieces, and from age five, he started composing. When he was six years old, his father Leopold took Mozart on the European tour. Young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was playing concerts in different cities, in different countries. Mozart wrote the first symphony when he was eight years old, in 1764.
  • While visiting London as a child, Mozart met Johann Christian Bach. Bach became one of the influences of a young composer. It is well-acknowledge that some of his symphonies are mimicking Bach’s compositional style.
  • Mozart was famous for his mocking, mean sense of humor. He's jokes were especially mean to one of his friend Joseph Leutgeb. He was a horn player; for him, Mozart composed the Four Horn Concertos.
  • For the last seven years of his life, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart became a Freemason. A couple of his compositions contain the Masonic symbols, including the Magic Flute, the opera where number three is one of the main symbols.
  • Mozart is responsible for advancing the technical side of the popular genres in music. He wrote sonatas, symphonies, operas, concertos, choral, and chamber music. At the age f 35, he Composer around 600 works.
  • The reason for Mozart’s death is unknown. The official record says that he died from miliary fever. Throughout the years, researchers pose at least 118 causes of his death. He was buried in Viena, in a common unmarked grave. He left a large number of debts, and his wife Constanze was obliged to pay them by selling Mozart’s manuscripts.
  • The movie Amadeus came out in 1984. It claimed to be a movie depicting the Composer's life, but it turned out to be generally false and too dramatized. It tells a story of the relationship between Mozart and Salieri, who was a composer also. According to the movie Amadeus, Salieri poisoned Mozart, and he was the cause of the Composer's death. Mozart is shown as an ill-behaved and childish man. There is no real-life evidence to support the passage the movie tells.
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    The Magic Flute

    The scene from The Magic Flute, Royal Opera House. The Magic Flute by Mozart is among the most frequently performed opera of all time. It is two-act opera in a German libretto written by Emanuel Schikaneder. It was premiered on September 30, 1791, two months before Mozart's death. The premiere was held in the Freihaus-Teater Auf der Wieden. The opera is in the form of a Singspiel, which means that it consists of both singing and dialogue. The Magic Flute is a fairytale about Tamino and Pamina. Prince Tamino is lost in a foreign land, and the daughter of the Queen of the Night, Pamina, is captured by an evil Sarastro. With the help of Papageno, the bird-catcher, magic bells, and a magic flute, Tamino decides to rescue the love of his life-Pamina. The full list of characters looks like this: Pamina ( daughter of the Queen of the Night, sings soprano), Tamino ( a prince, sings tenor), Sarastro ( Priest of the Sun, bass), Queen of the Night ( high soprano), Papageno ( a bird catcher, is a baritone), Papagena ( sings soprano), Monastatos ( servant of Sarastro, is a tenor). It is well-known that Mozart and Schikaneder were freemasons. The Magic Flute is full of Masonic symbols, for instance, the number 3 is often used: three ladies( playing servants of the Queen of the Night), three child spirits, musical passages feature three chords, three doors to Sarastro's palace, etc. The Magic Flute is a story between the battle of opposites: the day and night, good and evil, woman and man. The opera became very successful after i

    The Marriage Of Figaro

    Synopsis of The Marriage of Figaro The Marriage of Figaro can be considered as the sequel of The Barber of Seville. The Barber of Seville is a story about a young man Almaviva, who wins his lover beautiful Rosina away from her guardian Dr. Bartolo. Almaviva does this with the help of Figaro. The story played in The Marriage of Figaro is three years later from this case. Now Rosina and Almaviva are Countess and Count, and Figaro is engaged to marry Susanna, the maid of Rosina. The Marriage of Figaro is a four-act comic opera, also known as opera buffa. Performance History The Marriage of Figaro was first performed on May 1, 1786, in Vienna. Premiere was held at the Burgtheater. Mozart himself conducted the first two performances of the opera, and he was doing seated at the keyboard. Later, Joseph Weigl was conducting the performances. In the first year of premiering the opera, it was only performed nine times, including the premiere. This number was nothing against the frequency of playing The Magic Flute, which was performed every other day for months after it came out. The first performance of The Marriage of Figaro was a total success, the applause of the audience was a sign of later engagement, but Joseph the second, who was in charge of the Burgtheater, was very concerned by the length of the performance itself. The first performance may not be the best, but Mozart and his music was loved immensely and was considered a masterpiece. Ferenc Kazinczy, the Hungarian poet, was attending the performance of The Marriage of Fig