Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Salzburg's most famous son

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the most famous Austrian in classical music history, was born 27th January 1756 in Getreidegasse, Salzburg. At the age of 3, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his sister "Nannerl" (five years older) were already receiving music lessons from their father.

After only a short time Mozart demonstrated an enormous talent for the piano. He composed his first works at the tender age of 5. He went on his first "concert tour" together with his family when he was 7 years old. The tour lasted an amazing 3 years before Mozart returned again to Salzburg. But this would be not his last journey. He was not saddened that he was to repeatedly lead his talent from home. Mozart was of the opinion that the then very small city of Salzburg was limiting to him and to his talent. His travels therefore brought him to London, Rome, Paris, Munich, Prague and many more, where he presented his works to an extremely high level audience.

At the age of 26 he married his wife Constanze Weber. She gave him six children, of whom only two survived.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died on December 5th, 1791, at the age of thirty-five. The cause of death is still unknown. Despite a very short life Mozart managed to compose more than 600 pieces.

His most famous works of classical music are:

  • The Magic Flute (Opera)
  • Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Musical piece)
  • Don Giovanni (Opera)
  • The Marriage of Figaro (Opera)
  • Bastien und Bastienne (Opera)
  • Turkish March (Musical piece)

The first memorial to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was erected in Salzburg 51 years after his death. You can still see this today on the famous Mozartplatz in Salzburg. Mozart's birthplaceMozart‘s residence and the House for Mozart are also well worth a visit. Furthermore the very popular Mozart week is held every year in January. About 30 famous Mozart concerts can be visited during Mozart week. The famous Mozartkugeln can be found in all souvenir shops and grocery stores and are ideal for a small snack at home or as a souvenir.