Friday, January 27, 2006

Happy 250th Birthday Mozart

Birth: January 27, 1756
Death: December 5, 1791
Place of Birth: Salzburg, Austria
-1762 Embarked with his father and sister on the first of many concert tours through Europe
-1769 Became honorary concertmaster to the archbishop of Salzburg, a position he retained until 1781
-1770 Produced the opera Mithridates, King of Pontus
-1770 Was made a chevalier of the Order of the Golden Spur by Pope Clement XIV
-1781 The opera Idomeneo, King of Crete was first performed.
-1781 Left his post in Salzburg and spent the last years of his life working in Vienna as a composer and teacher
-1786 The opera The Marriage of Figaro was first performed.
-1787 The opera Don Giovanni was first performed.
-1790 The opera Così fan tutte was first performed.
-1791 Composed the singspiel The Magic Flute

Other interesting Facts:
Mozart's grave is unmarked.
By age six Mozart was composing and performing music.
In 1782 Mozart married the sister of the woman he had unsuccessfully courted several years earlier.
Mozart's full name was Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart.
Mozart's father, Leopold, was a noted composer and violinist.

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