10 Facts About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Mozart was one of the greatest composers of the classical period. Here are some interesting facts about him.


1
Mozart could write music before he could write words.

2
Mozart wrote half the number of total symphonies he would create between the ages of 8 and 19.

3
Mozart could listen to music just once and then write it down from memory without any mistakes.

4
Mozart traveled extensively. He spent 14 of his 36 years away from home.

5
The “Mozart Effect” is the belief that listening to Mozart’s music can improve a person’s IQ.

6
No one is sure where Mozart’s body is. He was buried according to the custom of the time in a simple grave. He had no graveside ceremony or even a grave marker.

7
When Mozart died, his wife Constanze was so upset that she crawled into bed with her dead husband so she could catch his illness and die with him.

8
Mozart’s wife destroyed many of his sketches and drafts after his death.

9
In April 1787, Beethoven, then aged 16, arrived in Vienna to get two weeks worth of musical lessons from Mozart.

10
Unlike most other composers, Mozart composed in all major genres and excelled at every one: sonatas, concertos, symphonies, operas, choral music and chamber music.