Meet Mozart | Composer Biography for Kids -

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Meet Mozart | Composer Biography for Kids (Lesson Transcript)

Meet Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria - the home of castles, wiener schnitzel, and Mozartkugel - a chocolate candy created in 1890 to honor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Wolfgang was no ordinary kid. By the time he was four years old, he was composing short pieces that his father wrote down for him. By the time he was six, he and his sister Maria were touring Europe with their father to play music for kings and queens.

Mozart loved to compose music. He composed music at the dinner table. He composed music about a cat - probably because he liked acting like a cat. He even composed music while his wife was having a baby. Because he was always composing, the music he wrote would take eight days to play if you played one piece after the next, without ever stopping.

One night a mysterious stranger knocked on the door of Mozart’s home. Mozart opened the door and found a man standing in the shadowy hall that he’d never seen before. The stranger asked Mozart to compose a requiem Mass, and offered to pay him. The visit from the mysterious man terrified Mozart, so he agreed to write the requiem.

Mozart health wasn’t good when he accepted the commission, and it got worse as he worked on the requiem. He told his wife, Constanze, that he believed he was writing it for his own funeral.

Mozart died without completing his requiem. However, he did give us over 600 compositions including his opera, The Magic Flute, his chamber ensemble, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and his work for piano, Ah vous dirai-je, Maman (Twelve Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star).

Today we consider Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to be one of the greatest composers of all time.

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